The Frieden feint

CDC director Tom Frieden’s confirmation yesterday that Zika virus definitely, no bones about it certain, causes microcephaly appears to be more of a lobbying campaign for Congress to grant the Obama administration’s request for $1.9 billion in supplemental funding for Zika research than science. It may also be a tactical move, a feint, to distract the public and the media from yesterday’s De Niro bombshell… much in the same way governments sometimes invent national security crises to distract from domestic economic problems or scandals that might threaten the stability of a governing administration.

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