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goobster  ·  357 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The CDC's new "seven dirty words"


The director of the CDC clarified that they were not banned by the Trump Administration from using these words. Internally, they made the decision that these are the Trump Admin's "trigger words", so they should avoid using them.

Basically, they were making a cagey move to get their policy and budget through, but it got misinterpreted and the misinterpretation went publicly viral.

dublinben  ·  357 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Self-censorship is still censorship, and can sometimes be worse than overt censorship.

goobster  ·  357 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nope. You are wrong.

"Self-censorship" is not the issue here; Being a cagey businessperson is.

You can't be a bull in a china shop and expect to get anything other than broken dishware.

Sometimes it is smarter to cloak your real purpose behind some carefully chosen wording. This is the case throughout the business world, and especially in the world of government funding. If you want to get them to release the money you need to do your work, then you need to phrase your needs in terms they will be supportive of.

This is the path of success in business and government. It is not "self-censorship".

OftenBen  ·  357 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    "Self-censorship" is not the issue here;

I mean, it sort of is.

The CDC figured out that there are trigger words and phrases that get Republicans up in arms. They want to accomplish the same public health goals they always have, and not get pilloried for it by the people who have the ability to pull their funding. In order to do that, they had to self-censor, which is an insidious evil, and hard to counteract.

goobster  ·  356 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's called "business acumen", and anyone that is successful in business knows how to "play the room".

OftenBen  ·  356 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I believe that there is an important distinction between 'business acumen' and 'Blatantly trying to conceal the exact aims and methods of our work.'

I understand what they did. I understand why they did it. I understand why various context-specific taboos exist to delineate 'work' from 'real life' and why you don't talk about money, politics or religion at work. I also think that we need more honesty and forthrightness in our system, not less.

bfv  ·  356 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Never take a job in the social services.

bfv  ·  357 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Is telling children babies come from storks self-censorship?

OftenBen  ·  357 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't think that is a particularly fitting analogy.

Republicans, as a class, have no innocence to corrupt.

kleinbl00  ·  357 days ago  ·  link  ·