Monday, February 3, 2020

Trump Weather Denial Echos China Supprression of Info on Pandemic

At critical turning points, Chinese authorities put secrecy and order ahead of openly confronting the growing crisis and risking public alarm or political embarrassment.... As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight, NYT,

Senior officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration privately disavowed an unsigned statement issued by the agency last year that rebuked its own weather forecasters for contradicting President Trump’s false warnings that Hurricane Dorian would most likely hit Alabama, new documents show.... NY Times

I just hope there is not a pandemic here in the states that Trump views as a political threat and orders the CDC to suppress info. Do you think it inconceivable for him to do that? Then you're living under a rock.

There were two seemingly non-related items in the Sunday (Feb. 2, 2020) NY Times:

A major piece on the Chinese government punishing doctors who tried to get the word out on the growing threat of the virus:

and a small article on Trump admin pressure on the National Oceanic and Weather Administration to issue reports supporting Trump's false reporting on a hurricane. How far are we from the same type of actions in China in suppressing science info.
Newly released emails show officials at NOAA told the agency’s scientists it did “not approve or support” a controversial agency statement issued after the president falsely said that Alabama was at risk from Hurricane Dorian.

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