If the CDC doesn’t understand how information flows today, how can it be on top of how disease spreads? What if it is run like the IRS, the VA, the EPA, the Secret Service, the State Department “investigating” Benghazi?
The CDC didn’t want Americans to know which flights the U.S.’s first unannounced Ebla patient took. This was a paternalistic, elitist, stubborn and from-the-start-doomed-to-fail-attitude of “we know best and the public is too stupid to not panic” attitude that was doomed to fail.
I had used Twitter to post the over/under of flight number disclosure at Friday AM. It was way under, and I was able to broadcast the two United flight numbers on Wednesday’s show, and the third flight –suspected, not confirmed– was in today’s detailed story in the Mail Online.
No one is going to panic who was on those planes though I suspect if anyone feels ill they will be quicker to the emergency room. But the CDC should release how long Mr. Duncan was on the ground at Washington Dulles –again, we know they say he wasn’t symptomatic and thus not contagious at the time– and where he went, as well as the most detailed timeline of his movements in Dallas, down the to the minute when he was contagious.
Information and transparency is the most powerful suppression of alarm, and an agency that leans forward into the media at every level is one that is genuinely committed to stopping panic now and whenever case #2 arrives. The CDC doesn’t seem to realize that not only has information flow vastly accelerated, so has the credibility gap for all federal agencies that have been run in whole or part by Team Obama for most of the past six years.