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OftenBen  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The CDC's new "seven dirty words"

    "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  ·  182 days ago  ·  link  ·  

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

OftenBen  ·  182 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  ·  182 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Never take a job in the social services.

bfv  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Is telling children babies come from storks self-censorship?

OftenBen  ·  183 days ago  ·  link  ·  

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

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