Bioterrorism and infectious disease mouthpiece shifts from government to TV
Friday, July 31, 2009
The government’s swine flu “czar” has been hired by ABC News as a senior medical reporter, in the latest example of a prominent government mouthpiece shifting to become a prominent media mouthpiece.
ABC News has hired Dr. Richard Besser, the CDC director who led the government’s communications efforts during the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak, reports The Washington Post.
Besser currently heads the CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, where he is responsible for the CDC’s public health emergency and emergency response activities.
However, he will step down from that role and join ABC in September as senior health and medical editor.
Time magazine has previously dubbed Besser “the CDC’s calm-voiced, telegenic acting director,” highlighting how adept he is at engaging the public on the government’s health agenda.
“A bioterrorism and infectious disease expert, Besser has been all over TV screens recently, explaining in soothing, cogent tones what’s going on. He may be the authority figure the nation needs right now.” Time’s Bevan Schneck fawned in May.
According to his CDC biography, Besser received the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, for “leadership” during the H1N1 response.
Essentially, Besser is the government’s leading propagandist when it comes to the so called swine flu pandemic.
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His move to ABC further embellishes the already overtly cosy relationship the Obama administration is enjoying with ABC, where its health care plan is concerned.
Last month ABC completely turned its news coverage over to the government, excluding any dissenting opinions, in order to promote President Obama’s health care agenda.
Besser will be working directly under ABC News’ current medical editor Dr. Timothy Johnson, a longtime advocate for the so called “ObamaCare” plan. Johnson will be promoted by ABC to chief medical editor.
This article was posted: Friday, July 31, 2009 at 9:42 am