Axios has obtained an internal message from the CDC's public affairs officer, Jeffrey Lancashire, dated August 31, to all CDC employees. His directive to them was to stop talking to the media, “even for a simple data-related question.”
The memo reads:
"Effective immediately and until further notice, any and all correspondence with any member of the news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC's Atlanta Communications Office. This correspondence includes everything from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests."
Axios tried to contact Mr. Lancashire to find out more about the policy; however, he has not responded.
Why is even basic data being treated like state secrets?
It's almost like the CDC has something to hide.
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CDC HAS RELEASED A VIDEO EXPLAINING TO THE PUBLIC WHY THEIR NEW STANCE IS NECESSARY: