“Every time that the science clashed with the messaging, messaging won.” 🐷
"Joe Biden’s presidency will not be perfect. People will still die. Politicians will still fuck up. Russia will probably still try to hack the federal government. One thing we can almost certainly look forward to, though, is that the leader of the free world’s idiot children will not be given senior roles at the White House, and they definitely won’t be empowered to try to overrule actual scientists in the middle of a pandemic as Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump apparently was."
"And then there were the times the CDC’s scientists were screened by a former purveyor of shoes and purses, Ivanka Trump, in addition to the White House’s undersecretary for lies, Kellyanne Conway:"
Often, Mr. McGowan and Ms. Campbell mediated between [CDC director] Dr. [Robert] Redfield and agency scientists when the White House’s guidance requests and dictates would arrive: edits from [White House budget director Russell] Vought and Kellyanne Conway, the former White House adviser, on choirs and communion in faith communities, or suggestions from Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and aide, on schools. “Every time that the science clashed with the messaging, messaging won,” Mr. McGowan said.
"Part of Campbell’s job was to help get approval for the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—a closely watched and previously apolitical guide on infectious diseases. However, political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services repeatedly requested that the CDC “revise, delay, and even scuttle drafts” they thought might be viewed as somehow critical of Donald Trump. “It wasn’t until something was in the MMWR that was in contradiction to what message the White House and HHS were trying to put forward that they became scrutinized,” Campbell said. While Tom Frieden, CDC director under Barack Obama, told the Times it is typical and “legitimate” to have other agencies weigh in, “What’s not legitimate is to overrule science.” Which apparently was and is the Trump administration’s entire M.O.:"
Ivanka Trump, Famed Public Health Expert, Screened CDC Guidance to Make Sure It Was Nice to Her Dad
Vanity Fair, December 18, 2020