The New York Times overlooked months of failures by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newest director to publish a fawning puff piece about her career.
The NYT article headlined, “The C.D.C.’s New Leader Follows the Science. Is That Enough?” describes Director Rochelle Walensky as “a fierce advocate and an empathetic scientist” dedicated to “following the science.”
The author uses every opportunity to take jabs at the Trump administration while propping up Walensky as a “leader who put science above politics” and boosted morale in the agency. The article even cites Dr. Anthony Fauci as giving the director his vote of confidence even though his own reputation is largely tainted.
“Give her a little time,” he said. “By the end of one year, everybody’s going to be raving about her. I guarantee it.”
The author’s commitment to propping up Walensky is not hidden, but her inability to mention any of the severely flawed and even scandalous decisions the new director took part in is quite masked.
Walensky has a long list of anti-scientific sins to her name but none of them are mentioned in the article. Last year, she wrote a letter explaining that “if people are masked it is quite safe [to reopen schools] and much more practical to be at 3 feet.” It wasn’t until after she joined the Biden administration that she claimed, “schools should require physical distancing of at least six feet.”
In addition to flip-flopping on physical distancing in schools, Walensky publicly admitted that her agency’s school reopening guidelines issued in February were informed by the opinions of anti-in-person-learning teachers unions, many of which increased their political donations to Democrats since schools shut down.
“I recognize that the decision, on when and how to begin in-person learning is one that must be based on a thorough review of what the science tells us works and an understanding of the lived experiences, challenges, and perspectives of teachers and school staff, parents, and students,” Walensky said in a COVID-19 update on Friday.
“We have conducted an in-depth review of the available science and evidence base to guide our
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