Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

CDC Tells Staff to Avoid Seven Words, Including "Evidence-Based"

CDC Tells Staff to Avoid Seven Words, Including

"We are deeply concerned about this ham-handed effort to censor the language of our government's top scientists", NCAC Executive Director Christopher Finan said.

The Washington Post is reporting the Trump administration is banning the federal health agency from using seven words or phrases in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget. The source explained that they were given instructions forbidding them from using the terms evidence-based, science-based, vulnerable, entitlement, fetus, diversity and transgender.

In some instances, the Post reported, the analysts were given alternative phrases.

Analysts reportedly said they were given some alternate phrases to use in place of the banned ones.

As news of the word ban spreads at the CDC, the analyst expects growing backlash. The OMB did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment Friday night.

Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, disputed the story.

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.

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By the way, the CDC has a budget of about $7 billion and more than 12,000 employees, working on everything from food and water safety to heart disease to infectious disease outbreak prevention.

It was very much, 'Are you serious?

The CDC does all kinds of work that encompasses the forbidden expressions, from fighting AIDS in Africa to preventing HIV among transgender people. Kelly told the group the ban on the other words had been conveyed verbally.

"In my experience, we've never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint", the analyst said.

Federal officials have pushed back against the accusations, with a statement provided to NBC News from a CDC spokesperson saying the assertions "had mischaracterized actual discussions". "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions".

"Among the words forbidden to be used in CDC budget documents are "evidence-based" and 'science-based.' I suppose one must not think those things either", Holt said.

The words are: "evidence-based", "science-based", "entitlement", "vulnerable", "diversity", "transgender", and "fetus", the Post reported.

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