After the Left wasted its entire weekend tearing out their hair, gnashing their teeth, and making memes to "resist" the Trump Administration's abject "censorship" of specific terms relevant to the Center for Disease Control, the Heath and Human Services department, which oversees the CDC, revealed Monday that they did not, in fact, instruct the CDC not to use a list of "banned" words that included terms like "fetus" and "transgender."
HHS says it merely suggested to CDC officials responsible for compiling yearly Congressional budget requests that they avoid certain terms in order to make their money grabs more appealing to certain Republican members of Congress.
“The assertion that H.H.S. has ‘banned words’ is a complete mis-characterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process,” an agency spokesman, Matt Lloyd told The New York Times, which was also immobilized by sheer progressive panic. “H.H.S. will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. H.H.S. also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”
In fact, it seems the CDC is strategizing on how to best confuse certain Republican legislators into potentially supporting budget proposals that might not meet with their personal ethical standards.
Another expert told the Times, "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 C.D.C. does,” the former official said. “They’re saying not to use it in your request for money because it will hurt you. It’s not about censoring what C.D.C. can say to the American public. It’s about a budget strategy to get funded.”
There's no arguing that the directive itself is not sheer nonsense. Members of Congress should not be swayed from (or persuaded to support) funding medical research because certain words appear or don't appear in the context of a budget request, particularly given that they now know certain "objectionable" concepts will be couched in broader, less offensive language.
But it's also now clear that the "ban" is no such thing, and that the progressive tantrums appear to have deliberately misunderstood the situation. A "directive" or a "suggestion" from a Cabinet office is by no means "censorship," and the "directive" is strictly limited: it does not impact the CDC's research, does not change the CDC's day-to-day operations, does not make Donald Trump a dictator/Nazi/Fascist, and does not, in fact, implicate any work being done in any private institution anywhere in America (so it does not, in fact, constitute censorship).
Don't try to tell them that, of course.