Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including "vulnerable" in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post.

In a 90-minute briefing on Thursday, policy analysts at the nation's leading public health institute were presented with the menu of seven banned words, an analyst told the paper.

On the list: "diversity," "fetus," "transgender," "vulnerable," "entitlement," "science-based" and "evidence-based." The reaction in the room was "incredulous," the longtime CDC analyst told the Post.

"It was very much, 'Are you serious? Are you kidding?'" As news of the word ban spreads at the CDC, the analyst expects growing backlash.

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"Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly," the unnamed source said. "This hasn't trickled down to them yet."

"To pretend and insist that transgender people do not exist, and to allow this lie to infect public health research and prevention is irrational and very dangerous," Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said in a written statement.

"The Trump administration is full of dangerous science deniers who have no business near American public health systems like the CDC," she continued. "They are actually going to kill Americans if they do not stop."

"Here's a word that's still allowed," added Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "Ridiculous."

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