More CNN Fake News
If you read the article on CNN about the word ban, you'll likely think that the Trump administration has done it again. They're banning science at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)!! Here's an excerpt:
"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."
"You cannot fight against the Zika virus, or improve women's and fetal health, if you are unable to use the word 'fetus.' You must be able to talk about science and evidence if you are to research cures for infectious diseases such as Ebola," Dana Singiser, vice president of public policy and government affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America said. "You must be able to acknowledge the humanity of transgender people in order to address their health care needs. You cannot erase health inequities faced by people of color simply by forbidding the use of the words 'vulnerable' or 'diversity'."
Damn, that sounds bad, doesn't it? Researchers can't use words like diversity or fetus or transgender or evidence-based. The fascist pig Trump has struck again!
But the directive has nothing to do with research. It only applies to 2018 budget documents. And it gives alternative wording that can be used in place of the proscribed words.
So CNN once again generates fake news by publishing an article full of quotes from outraged citizens who apparently can't read well enough to distinguish between 'budget document' and 'research'. Or was the confusion created by reporter Jessica Ravitz? Who knows? Maybe Russia did it. Yeah, that's the ticket!
UPDATE: I just noticed the CNN article is based on "original" reporting from The Washington Post. No surprise there, but CNN dressed the story up with breathless quotes from Keisling and Singiser.