Trump admin tightens media access for federal scientists: report

Sep 2013
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BY ALI BRELAND - 06/21/18 06:14 PM EDT

The Trump administration is directing federal scientists in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to get approval from the Department of the Interior, its parent agency, before speaking to reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Deputy press secretary for the Department of the Interior, Faith Vander Voort, told the outlet that Interior had only asked the USGS public affairs office to follow 2012 media guidelines established under former President Obama.

The guidelines say Interior’s communications office must be notified ahead of some types of interviews but does not say that scientists must get approval before speaking with reporters as an internal email obtained by the L.A. Times indicates.

The employees said that they believe the new policies were established to control the voices of Interior employees. They believe the move is a part of larger efforts to quell discourse about climate change, which the agency has produced research on.

http://thehill.com/policy/technolog...ens-media-access-to-federal-scientists-report
 
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Jul 2013
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On a happy trail
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BY ALI BRELAND - 06/21/18 06:14 PM EDT

The Trump administration is directing federal scientists in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to get approval from the Department of the Interior, its parent agency, before speaking to reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times.

snip

Deputy press secretary for the Department of the Interior, Faith Vander Voort, told the outlet that Interior had only asked the USGS public affairs office to follow 2012 media guidelines established under former President Obama.

The guidelines say Interior’s communications office must be notified ahead of some types of interviews but does not say that scientists must get approval before speaking with reporters as an internal email obtained by the L.A. Times indicates.

The employees said that they believe the new policies were established to control the voices of Interior employees. They believe the move is a part of larger efforts to quell discourse about climate change, which the agency has produced research on.

http://thehill.com/policy/technolog...ens-media-access-to-federal-scientists-report
I've noticed that air bases seem to no longer publish weather conditions in real time at least the ones in Northern California. I have no idea if this is related but it does seem to have happened within the last six months
 
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Jul 2013
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I am actually surprised they have not fired all those climate scientists, accusing them of fraud to get grants and shit...
 
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I am actually surprised they have not fired all those climate scientists, accusing them of fraud to get grants and shit...
Well, they would, but they are having some difficulties in finding enough creationist and flat-Earth geologists to replace the ones they want to fire. It seems that our universities are just NOT producing enough creationist and flat-Earth geologists these days. We really MUST do something about that!

The Trump administration is going to be looking into that. They are contacting Liberty University, Oral Roberts University, and thinking of reviving Trump University, to see if they can swiftly ramp up some programs to churn out some quickie Piled-Higher-and-Deeper degrees for some eager volunteers.
 
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