A leaked email sent to the staff of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that the Trump administration will only allow U.S. Federal Workers to watch Fox News.
Journalist Paul Thacker tweeted a screengrab of the message. His tweet was quickly denied by an FDA employee.
The message readers: “Please excuse me for sending this out to your entire group via your listserv, but I was alerted by a member in your group and I wanted to let everyone know that the reason for the change from CNN to Fox.
— Paul D. Thacker (@thackerpd) May 5, 2017
“The reason for the change is that a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display Fox News.
“Sorry for the inconvenience, but I am unable to change any of the monitors to any other news source at this time.”
The message was delivered to federal employees at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), the branch that regulates medical products.
In an interview with ThinkProgress: an FDA spokesperson denied the email, despite proof of its existence.
“There was no directive or memorandum from the Administration that went out to employees about broadcast news channels displaying on monitors in common areas throughout the FDA’s White Oak campus.”
An anonymous CBER employee told BuzzFeed News that “a lot of staff were very upset about the change”.
A second FDA staffer explained the move: “’right wing’ news source playing in our halls…will drive away some people on the left who are already suspicious about the FDA being a shill for big pharma”.
President Trump has called CNN a “fake news” platform that is determined to undermine his presidency.
The administration even went so far as to block the news outlet, along with BBC, LA Times and New York Times from a media briefing earlier this year. Trump recently congratulated Fox News for its “amazing” spike in viewership.
Brainwashing at the FDA? This sounds like yet another move to form a U.S. dictatorship courtesy of an allegedly mentally ill Donald Trump.
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