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Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 15, 2020 04:20PM
The US health communications chief is a Trump loyalist and Roger Stone associate who spread conspiracies about Ukraine and Hunter Biden

Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
[thehill.com]

Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo apologized to Secretary Alex Azar in an emergency meeting Tuesday following comments he made accusing career government scientists of plotting against President Trump.

Caputo reportedly expressed regret for embarrassing Azar and the agency at large for saying, among other things, that “there are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after [Democratic presidential nominee] Joe Biden is president.”

According to an HHS official who confirmed the meeting to The Hill, Caputo also said some of his comments have been taken out of context and recommended his staff to listen to music by the Grateful Dead.

News of the meeting comes after Caputo, during a Facebook Live session on Sunday, alleged that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was harboring a "resistance unit," according to the New York Times. Scientists that worked for the agency, he alleged, "haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump.”

His comments came after a report from Politico published Friday said that top HHS appointees had been interfering in CDC reporting on the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) on the coronavirus pandemic. House Democrats have launched a probe into the alleged interference.

Multiple reports that have surfaced detailing the Tuesday meeting say that Caputo also admitted to staff that he has never read the CDC's reports, though his team has reportedly sought to make edits to those documents.

Caputo, 58, reportedly told staffers his behavior stemmed from stress related to his physical health after he and his family have received threats. He is also considering going on medical leave to address those issues.
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 15, 2020 04:27PM
So he's going on leave for making the "mistake" of telling us what he really thinks?
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 15, 2020 04:31PM
He was self-aware he was speaking from an unusual frame of mind.

I'm sure he has many of the very same concerns, his filter was gone.

I hope he gets the help he obviously needs.

And that his replacement is far more committed to solving problems than pointing to politics for answers.
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 15, 2020 04:36PM
Just to be clear if others hadn’t tuned into this fustercluck, he didn’t just cast the usual Trumpian amount of shade toward scientists who happen to disagree with him.

He also said that the CDC folks would probably have him killed; that Trump would win and Biden wouldn’t concede, and when inauguration came, “that’s when the shooting will start”; that there are leftist “hit squads” training all over the country, and that folks should buy ammunition in readiness for this; and rambled semi-incoherently about the shadows on his ceiling.

This is the communications head of HHS, and the voice of the administration on Covid; he’s the one that’s been re-writing the CDC scientific reports, despite having no medical or scientific training...and did I mention he was in Moscow for a few years helping Putin with public relations?

This guy shouldn’t be dogcatcher. He needs to be yanked, and now.
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: $tevie
Date: September 15, 2020 04:50PM
He said the most insane things. The thing about scientists being politically motivated was like the least of it.



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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 15, 2020 06:16PM
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sekker
He was self-aware he was speaking from an unusual frame of mind.

I'm sure he has many of the very same concerns, his filter was gone.

I hope he gets the help he obviously needs.

And that his replacement is far more committed to solving problems than pointing to politics for answers.

I don't believe this was a sudden, aberrant event for him; his history precedes it. Remember...

"Caputo moved to Russia in 1994, after the fall of the Soviet Union, and was an adviser to Boris Yeltsin. He worked for Gazprom Media in 2000 where he worked on improving the image of Vladimir Putin in the U.S. He moved back to the U.S. and founded a public relations company, and then moved to Ukraine to work on a candidate's campaign for parliament."

"After returning to the U.S., Caputo was called by his former mentor Roger Stone..."
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: Ca Bob
Date: September 15, 2020 06:28PM
Typical Trump appointee.
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 15, 2020 08:05PM
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Ca Bob
Typical Trump appointee.

Pretty much. Only this appointee is saying out loud what the others are thinking.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: bfd
Date: September 15, 2020 11:10PM
Only the best people

Jeebus.
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: September 16, 2020 09:06AM
His statements are also entirely consistent with the recent hyper inflammatory tone of the Republican campaign. There’s not a single reason to think his remarks were anything other than premeditated.
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 16, 2020 12:13PM
And he's out for the next 60 Days...
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Re: Caputo apologizes for saying scientists are politically motivated, considers medical leave
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 16, 2020 12:33PM
Yeah, he needs some time off.
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