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posted by martyb on Sunday May 17 2020, @04:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the I'm-shocked,-shocked-I-say dept.

U.S. Government Proposed Manipulating CDC Guidelines to Avoid Mask Shortages: Whistleblower:

The U.S. government proposed manipulating information about whether N95 masks worked to fight the spread of coronavirus in the general public, according to Dr. Richard Bright, a whistleblower who testified publicly for the first time on Thursday. The deception was an effort to avoid shortages and keep masks available for U.S. health care workers, but likely had a ripple effect throughout the country, leaving many people to believe that all masks are useless or even harmful during a pandemic. Bright's testimony is the first confirmation from a high-ranking official that the U.S. government actively sought to distribute incorrect information about N95 masks during the covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bright told the House Subcommittee on Health on Thursday about his attempts to warn others in the Department of Health and Human Services about the pending shortage of masks in January and early February, just as the novel coronavirus was spreading outside of China. Bright said that officials at the meeting simply said they would change the recommendations put out by the CDC to discourage the general public from buying masks.

"I indicated we know there will be a critical shortage of these supplies. We need to do something to ramp up production," Dr. Bright, the former top vaccine specialist at HHS, said of a meeting with HHS officials on February 7.

"They indicated if we notice there is a shortage, that we will simply change the CDC guidelines to better inform people who should not be wearing those masks, so that would save those masks for our health care workers," Dr. Bright testified.

"My response was, 'I can not believe you can sit and say that with a straight face'," Bright said. "That was absurd."

[...] Dr. Bright's entire 6-hour testimony is available on YouTube, and it's quite damning.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @12:14AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 18 2020, @12:14AM (#995526)

    Access Hollywood tape comment was in the context of back stage activities, likely involving groupies who violate the stars personal space in a sexual manor. It is a well documented phenomenon, and expected for an Access Hollywood discussion. If the star reciprocates, we call that consent.

  • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Monday May 18 2020, @09:25AM (3 children)

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Monday May 18 2020, @09:25AM (#995657)

    Bullshit.

    It was never about groupies coming onto Trump. (GAG!)
    From the horses mouth:

    Trump: "Yeah that's her with the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful... I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything."

    Bush: "Whatever you want."

    Trump: "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

    That isn't someone invading his space, it's quite obvious it's the other way around.

    --
    Trump succeeds in making Nixon look respectable, Mission Accomplished!
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 19 2020, @02:37AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 19 2020, @02:37AM (#996140)

      It really is something to see watching the MAGAs work so hard to re-interpret reality.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:46AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:46AM (#997173)

        I think that we all know that if Justin Bieber made this statement instead, it would not have been a news story. Selective outrage is political demagoguery.

        Also, the clip could have been edited to start earlier in the conversation, but including more context would have made the statement less controversial. Keep in mind, everyone in the clip knew that they had large cameras pointed at their faces, but they do not always know how they will be edited.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:22AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 21 2020, @12:22AM (#997165)

      Most people have heard of attraction to wealth.

      When you are a star, you get groupies, and they love it when you reciprocate. You did include in the quote "when you're a star." That is the qualifier that I am referring to. Stop ignoring it.