One of the major catastrophes of the bungling of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 response has been the loss of trust in the agencies that we should be able to trust the most.
It’s now clear that every agency of the federal government has been completely politicized. We have seen it with the IRS and the Department of Justice, and now there are major questions about the Center for Disease Control and Health and Human Services.
A shocking story revealed that the CDC has been withholding most of its critical data regarding COVID-19 from the public. This is brought to us from, of all places, the New York Times, a usually reliable transcriber of Democrat talking points. It now reinforces the disaster of the Biden administration’s manipulation of the pandemic for their own political interests.
The newspaper reports that the CDC is deliberately withholding a massive amount of COVID-19 research and data for fear that it would be “misunderstood” by the public. In other words, their excuse is that we’re all too dumb to understand the facts. In fact, information is power, and apparently, the “science” is now telling them that the truth may be too damaging for their political agenda.
Sources are telling the New York Times that the CDC is withholding tranches of data from the public because, in the words of Kristen Nordlund, the CDC spokesperson, the data is simply “not yet ready for prime time,” which implies it doesn’t fit the political narrative. Part of the data not released includes the effectiveness of booster shots on those between 18-49 years old. Other data withheld contains information about hospitalizations, booster vaccines, and wastewater analyses. Ms. Nordlund, most shockingly, also noted that there was fear that the public would “misinterpret” the information.
Consider what they are saying here: that they chose not to release information because they didn’t want to confuse or mislead the public. Did no one consider the fact that hiding details as significant as study results on multiple critical issues would, in fact, confuse and mislead the public?
The underlying implication of her comments is that the study details would give people the impression that booster shots were either ineffective or unnecessary. At no point would they be releasing raw data without explanation. Are they so unsure of their ability to explain what they would consider the truth of the data to the American people? Or does the data speak for itself, jeopardizing the political agenda surrounding the Biden administration’s handling of the pandemic?
The condemnation by the public, including those in the medical field and on the front lines of the pandemic, was swift. Dr. Nicole Saphier, a physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering, tweeted this: “The CDC‘s response when questioned about their withholding of Covid data and lack of transparency is essentially ‘we don’t trust you to be able to understand the truth.’ The condescension is palpable” She added, “People who have blindly trusted the CDC the last 2 years are about to have their world turned upside down as the lack of transparency and manipulation of data become undeniably evident.”
Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, a Fox News Medical Contributor and Medical Director of City MD in New York, noted, “I practice evidence-based medicine to provide the best care for my patients based on accurate & up to date information. So why would the CDC withhold any data that can help me better serve my patients? Truth and transparency is essential, not cherry-picking data.”
As the Biden administration is slouching toward either a new hot or cold war with Russia, and as our geopolitical enemies are becoming even more emboldened by the obvious fecklessness of the American government, this is a time when transparency and honesty with the American people is imperative.
COVID-19 is not done with us. Yet, now we have a government that admits that it is effectively lying to us by omission regarding the scientific details of our own research and understanding of the virus itself. These are the same people who have lectured us for two years about “following the science.” And yet that very science that they tell us we need to follow is being locked up and hidden from us for some strange reason. It is not unfair to note that this revelation makes it appear the bureaucracy has been peddling its opinions as “science.”
Many of the problems we face today will be solved with elections, but some are so urgent that opposition leaders in Washington and throughout the country must act now on this shocking admission by the CDC. We deserve to see what the CDC has determined about the virus itself, the vaccines, and other imperative data such as hospitalizes and actual numbers of COVID-19 deaths. People involved in lying to the American people should be fired.
We are at a turning point in this country. This debacle is brought to us by the same Democrat Party and Washington, D.C. swamp that continues to be obsessed with gaining more and more control over our lives while working to keep us isolated and in the dark.
• Tammy Bruce is an AMAC columnist, an independent conservative, radio talk show host, New York Times bestselling author, and Fox News Political Contributor. Visit www.AMAC.US for more information about the Association of Mature American Citizens and AMAC’s benefits and advocacy.