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Democrats create false narratives

Democrats are experts at creating false narratives and then attacking the false narrative. One of the most recent examples was Jim Sledge’s January 3, 2018, letter to the editor attacking the Trump administration for allegedly banning certain terms and words by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Quoting Charlie Brown, “Good Grief!” The accusation that words or phrases were banned is absolutely untrue.

This allegation grew out of CDC budget preparation meetings where discussions included what words or phrases might be most helpful (or not helpful) in preparing budget documents for 2018. One still-anonymous CDC analyst ran breathlessly to CNN claiming that words and phrases had been banned. The CDC director, Brenda Fitzgerald, has emphatically responded that no such ban was suggested, requested or implemented. Quoting Fitzgerald, “I understand that confusion arose from a staff-level discussion at a routine meeting about how to present CDC’s budget. It was never intended as overall guidance for how we describe and conduct CDC’s work.”

Mr. Sledge asks “do they really expect us to stop using these words?” No, Mr. Sledge, no one asked you or anyone else to stop using them. However, many Trump-hating organizations continue to advance this story’s false narrative.

Gerald Click



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