Word ban, comment blackout seen as 'disturbing pattern'

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A government official added, "It's absurd and Orwellian, it's stupid and Orwellian, but they are not saying to not use the words in reports or articles or scientific publications or anything else the CDC does".

The Washington Post report Friday quoted a CDC budget analyst as saying that a senior official at the CDC's Office of Financial Services informed a meeting of CDC budget officials Thursday, December 14, that the Trump administration was banning the use of seven words from official budget documents. "Furthermore, the American public deserves to know the degree to which the Trump-Pence Administration has interfered with the life-saving work of the CDC".

A spokesman at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees CDC, said in a statement that it's a mischaracterization to say the CDC was banned from using certain words.

Shin Inouye, director of communications and media relations of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said in a separate press release, "President Trump and his administration have launched the latest salvo in their all-out war on truth and science". But the CDC budget official also said that if they could not find a good alternative, it was acceptable to use the word, according to the HHS official.

The seven politically incorrect words were "transgender", "vulnerable", "entitlement", "diversity", "fetus", "evidence-based", and "science-based".

The source in the Washington Post report said budget officials recommended replacing "evidence-based" or "science-based" with the phrase "science in consideration with community norms and standards", which the three groups today called risky and misleading.

Word ban, comment blackout seen as 'disturbing pattern'
Word ban, comment blackout seen as 'disturbing pattern'

Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University's School of Public Health, said these things matter "because the words that we use ultimately describe what we care about and what we think are priorities".

But Fitzgerald did not deny that some staff may have been instructed to avoid certain language in key budget documents.

Since President Donald Trump took office, a number of federal agencies have moved to downscale data collection on topics like climate change and homeless people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and to remove information on such topics from some government websites. A White House official referred questions to HHS.

"The health, science, and justice communities are organizing together to demonstrate that federal funding for health and science matters". The New York Times reported that CDC officials said that instead of a "ban", it was "a budget strategy to get funded" because Republicans control Congress.

There's no written directive about not using the term; it's only been communicated verbally, said the medical leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not want to jeopardize a working relationship with CDC officials.

Planned Parenthood and other progressive-liberal organizations are lashing out at the Trump administration over a claim they are censoring words that can be used by government officials.

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