On Friday, The Washington Post ran a story with information from an anonymous source that said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instructed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) not to use certain words in official documents.
The “banned” word list included “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “science-based,” “evidence-based,” and “entitlement.” However, an HHS spokesperson said that is fake news:
"The assertion that HHS has 'banned words' is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process. HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”
WaPo’s “source” said policy analysts were instructed to stop using words and phrases in lieu of more acceptable terms approved by the Trump administration. However, later reports softened the language from banned words to “avoid” using certain words. The article’s author took to Twitter to ask for other federal agents to come forward if they’ve been told to “avoid certain words in drafting budget narratives.”
That change occurred after the HHS pushed back and after The New York Times confirmed that only some of WaPo’s report was correct, but stated the terminology wasn’t a full ban like was initially reported. The Times added that the preferred language was suggested in order to pass budget recommendations past Republican lawmakers. The HHS hasn't confirmed that reporting, either.
Facts not withstanding, leftists like CNN’s Sally Kohn reacted on Twitter with, “Dictators ban words.”
She’s right. Too bad she forgot her favorite president, Barack Obama, did just that when he was in office. Anyone remember when he literally banned the terms “Islam” and “jihad” from national security strategy documents? Apparently not. Only Trump bans things because he’s the most hated president in history and everything he does, says, and thinks is bad. For anonymous sources tell us so.