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    Trump orders FDA TV’s to be locked on FOX News (A big win for Rupert Murdock)

    In what may be a backroom deal between Trump and Rupert Murdock, the head of FOX News, the TV’s at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) research campus are to be locked on the FOX News station. After all Trump and Murdock are long time friends. This is from the latest Daily Mail:

    The hug says it all: Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch embrace after the Aussie media mogul introduces the president for New York speech. * Trump and Murdoch have a friendship that stretches back decades, and the two plot strategy in weekly phone calls. * The Australian-born media mogul was on hand to introduce the president at an event hosted by the American Australian Association in New York City…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4475638/Trump-Rupert-Murdoch-embrace-New-York-speech.html
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    From CBS News, via the CHEEMF blog

    At FDA, TVs now turned to Fox News and can’t be switched

    By Laura Strickler CBS News May 5, 2017, 3:20 PM

    Updated with FDA comment.

    Attention viewers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Televisions will now be tuned to Fox News.

    CBS News has confirmed an email was sent to researchers at the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research responding to apparent efforts to change the channel on internal television screens. The email from “[White Oak] Digital Display” sent on Wednesday, May 3, was sent to inform the researchers of the “reason for the change from CNN to Fox.” White Oak is the name of the FDA’s campus.

    The email goes on to inform employees that the decision came from the Trump administration.

    “The reason for the change is that a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display FOX news,” the email reads.

    Then, White Oak apologizes for the “inconvenience,” adding, “I am unable to change any of the monitors to any other news source at this time.”

    An FDA spokesperson got back to CBS News after our deadline, telling us, “There was no directive or memorandum from the Administration that went out to employees about broadcast news channels displaying on monitors in common areas throughout the FDA’s White Oak campus.”

    The spokesperson explained that a variety of news stations run on the monitors in the common areas on campus, including CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, and that the email referenced had been sent by a customer service representative from the FDA’s Office of Facilities in response to a group of employees.

    [Don’s comment: It beggars belief that a “group of employees” at the FDA would request that the TV’s be locked on to FOX News.]

    The internal email was first tweeted by Paul Thacker, a freelance science reporter who is also a former GOP Senate investigator.

    The email can be read below:

    From: WO Digital Display
    Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 9:49 AM
    To: CBER Researchers
    Subject: Attention: Regards about the news on the monitors in your locations

    Good Morning, CBER Researchers,

    Please excuse me for sending this out to your entire group via your listserv, but I was alerted by a member in your group and I wanted to let everyone know that the reason for the change from CNN to FOX.

    The reason for the change is that a decision from the current administration administrative officials has requested that all monitors, under our control, on the White Oak Campus, display FOX news.

    Sorry for the inconvenience, but I am unable to change any of the monitors to any other news source at this time.

    Original article here

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