Here are the words Donald Trump’s White House has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from including in documents being prepared for next year’s budget, according to an unnamed CDC analyst who talked to the Washington Post:
The analyst learned of the directive at a “meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials,” the Post reported.
“The reaction of people in the meeting was ‘incredulous,'” the analyst said. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’ ”
They weren’t told why the words were banned, but you can draw your own conclusions.
Mashable reached out to the CDC for comment, but the agency did not immediately reply.
Here’s another puzzling and troubling excerpt from the WaPo story:
In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.
Well, great, because who wants the agency responsible for stopping epidemics from using science-based solutions?
As the Post notes, the CDC is tasked with studying the effects of Zika on fetuses and stopping the spread of HIV in transgender populations, so it looks like officials might have to get creative with their language when writing their reports.