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March 31, 2022

Rachel Walensky and the CDC Allowed Teachers Unions, Not "Science," to Dictate the Nation's School Closing and Masking Policies

B-b-b-but I thought they Loved The Science (TM).

Are grade school teachers now Scientists? Do they have degrees in Education Science?

Republicans expose 'uncommon' CDC, teachers' union ties on COVID school reopening guidance in report

Republicans accuse Walensky of downplaying the degree to which the CDC departed from past practice to allow AFT to affect the policymaking process


EXCLUSIVE: Republican lawmakers who sit on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis are releasing a report Wednesday revealing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official's testimony claiming that the agency coordinated with teachers' unions at an extraordinary level in crafting its school reopening guidance, despite the agency's earlier claims that such coordination was routine and nonpolitical.

In the interim report, exclusively reviewed by Fox News Digital, Republicans wrote that emails between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the White House, and the CDC showed that the AFT's "cozy relationship with the Biden administration's political leadership at the CDC positioned the union to impose line-by-line edits" to the reopening guidance, despite the CDC's "past practice to keep draft guidance confidential."

Fox News previously reported in October on emails obtained by Americans for Public Trust that showed the AFT and the National Education Association, the two largest teachers' unions in the U.S., received a copy of the guidance before the CDC released it to the public.

I know that's already-known information, I just want to highlight it.

Don't make me be cruel to you.

On Feb. 11, 2021 one day before the CDC publicly posted the guidance, AFT's senior director of health issues, Kelly Trautner, emailed CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky asking her to insert the line: "In the event high-community transmission results from a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, a new update of these guidelines may be necessary."

The emails revealed that Walensky forwarded the email to Dr. Henry Walke, director of the CDC's Center for Preparedness and Response, who then revised the guidance in accordance with AFT's request.

The emails also revealed that CDC officials coordinated an early release of the final guidance to the AFT before releasing it to the public.

The Republicans' report Wednesday says the Biden administration provided the teachers' unions "unprecedented access to the policymaking process for guidance on re-opening schools."

"Documents and testimony show, however, that Director Walensky downplayed the degree to which CDC departed from past practice to allow AFT to affect the policymaking process. In fact, CDC allowed AFT to insert language into the Operational Guidance that made it more likely schools across the country would remain closed after February 2021," says the report.

The report features new testimony from Walke in a Feb. 18, 2022 interview, saying the level with which the CDC coordinated with the teachers unions was "uncommon," and that the CDC does not typically share draft guidance outside the agency.

And... Biden is trying to cover it up by forbidding Walke from answering questions:

The report states the Biden administration's lawyers would not allow Walke to answer questions pertaining to why the CDC allowed this level of coordination with the teachers' unions.

"When Republican staff asked Dr. Walke questions to that effect, a Biden Administration lawyer instructed him not to answer," says the report. "Because lawyers for the Biden Administration prevented a key witness from explaining why the CDC allowed AFT to write key portions of its guidance for re-opening schools, there are still several unanswered questions. This matter should be investigated further."

The "guidance" was edited at the request of the teachers unions -- and those edits were designed to provide "scientific" cover for the teachers to shut down schools.

In a joint statement provided exclusively to Fox News Digital, Republican Reps. Steve Scalise and James Comer accused President Biden of rewarding one of his biggest political donors while millions of children suffered from school closures.

"The facts are clear: Biden's CDC overrode routine practice to allow a radical teachers union that donated millions of dollars to Democrat campaigns to bypass scientific norms and rewrite official agency guidance," Scalise and Comer wrote.

"The damaging edits by union bosses effectively kept thousands of schools shuttered across the country, locking millions of children out of their classrooms. The Biden Administration abandoned medical science and replaced it with political science to reward one of their largest donors, harming millions of children in the process. They bypassed the science to put union bosses ahead of children.

Meanwhile: Randy Weingartner of the AFT wants CRT and gender theory to be taught to all children.


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Meanwhile, a pyrsyn claiming to be a "biostatistican" -- which sounds like a degree gotten from Twitter University -- and a zealot of the Cult of Masks declares it would be better to burn a school down than to allow a school assembly in which students are permitted the luxury of not covering their faces with a useless cilice.

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Of course he's rockin' the Ukranian flag. Of course he Supports The Current Thing.

How would the other members of the cult be able to identify you as a Cult Member if you don't adorn yourself in all the Cult Regalia?

This very scientific "biostatitician" then "clarified" that he didn't mean to say what he said:

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Tell me, "biostatitician" -- have you run the numbers on the effectiveness of a cloth or paper mask in blocking covid transmission? Do your numbers depart from everyone else's, which find the effectiveness of such masks to be 10-12%, and only for limited periods of time?

This is the Cult we're up against. They are mentally ill, they are destroyers of civilization, vandals of language, and despoilers of children.

They are evil cultists who want to destroy the world, and we can no longer share a country with them.

Via andycanuck:

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4 DeSantis stepped in a huge pile of shit by signing that bill.

Political observers know that almost all statewide elections in FL in recent years have been won by 1-2% very slim margins.

A new poll shows him ahead of all 3 potential rivals by only 16-24%.


Do better, DeSantis.
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DeSantis' lead is greatly overstated there -- it's like 6%, supposedly, according to the leftwing propaganda media -- but the joke makes it worth it.


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