Dr. Deborah Birx, like Dr. Anthony Fauci and former Surgeon General Jerome Adams from President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, has worked tirelessly to revise history to make her and the legacy of others she worked with during the COVID pandemic the most flattering possible.
Birx was the Trump White House’s COVID Response Coordinator during the outbreak’s first year. She was interviewed by CBS News’s Face the Nation about the CDC’s recent announcement of an “overhaul” following a vague admission that they had made major mistakes in their coronavirus response.
Birx, who seemed to admit in many words that she deceived Trump White House to advance her agenda, stated that the CDC was making an important step since “The only way you rebuild trust is transparency”:
Transparency is the best way to rebuild trust in the public. This is what I believe the report says: better data, accountability, and transparency. They also need to believe. This is the cultural part. People can understand complex issues. Public health officials have to do this. This is what public and health mean. Your job is to analyze complex data and create graphs that explain why you make those recommendations.
Trust and fracturing can be caused by recommendations that are not transparent and made in a black box. You have to do a lot of work to restore trust. They can do it, but they must change the way they collect, present, and communicate with Americans.
“The way you rebuild public trust is be transparent,” says Dr. Birx on how the CDC can help its reputation. “Recommendations that are created out of lack of transparency, and out of a black box where you can’t really follow the logic is what leads to fracturing in trust.” pic.twitter.com/B6SdYiNH6T
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 21, 2022
Birx is correct. It is crucial that the government’s health officials communicate with Americans from beginning to end when there is a public health problem. Birx, however, has admitted to lying on the coronavirus task force to advance her personal agenda. She also said during a July book promo interview that she and other task force members were dishonest about vaccines and had “overplayed” them.
Birx also revealed that her impending retirement was announced by a big hooper. She said her family was “dragged” into an AP news report about how her family and friends traveled to Delaware to vacation at her Delaware home the day after Thanksgiving 2020. This was at a time in which public health officials, including Birx, were urging people “be vigilant” and limit gatherings to members of their immediate family.
Birx was actually snitched on by a family member, and not the media looking for her family members to create a story.
Transparency is a matter of being either transparent or not. It’s impossible to claim that you are a proponent of transparency if you have admitted that you deliberately withheld information about your motives and actions while in office. These comments, like her previous post-Trump administration public statements, are self-serving, and frankly narcissistic. This is especially true when she said during the Face the Nation interview that she lobbied the CDC in 2020 to implement some of the reporting reforms they claim to be implementing.
Birx, who was subject to intense media criticism while she was on the Trump task force, can carry on her image rehabilitation tour as much as she likes. Unfortunately for Birx, the facts don’t matter to her feelings. She admitted it only when she felt comfortable.