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On COVID, politics infects science at CDC and FDA

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The Editorial Board, USA TODAY
Published 9:22 p.m. ET Sept. 15, 2020

Our View: Political operatives like Michael Caputo shouldn’t be determining whether you can hear from some of the government’s leading scientists.

Evidence of how far America’s premier science offices have fallen from grace in the Trump era came this week when a top U.S. health official accused scientists at the 74-year-old Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of sedition.

Seriously. Trump loyalist Michael Caputo — named in April as chief spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC — used a Facebook video to claim that federal scientists are plotting rebellion against the president.

It remains unclear what to make of Caputo and his bizarre conspiracy theories (which included warning about a post-election armed leftist revolt). But his rant is the latest chapter in a campaign by the Trump administration to politicize the CDC and its…

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