Since he was installed at the 80,000-employee department in April by the White House, Mr. Caputo, a media-savvy former Trump campaign aide with no background in health, has worked aggressively to control the media strategy on pandemic issues. The C.D.C.’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports had previously been so thoroughly shielded from political interference that political appointees only saw them just before they were published. In a statement that day, Mr. Caputo said that since the spring, he and his family had been continually harassed and threatened, including by some individuals who he said were being prosecuted. It was highly unusual for Mr. Caputo to hire Dr. Alexander, who critiqued the C.D.C. In emails obtained by Politico, Dr. Alexander complained that the C.D.C.
Source: New York Times September 15, 2020 23:13 UTC