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  • "Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies"

    Some things are just too fracking funny for words...
    Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies
    ‘It’s a dark time right now,’ a former Obama administration spokeswoman says as multiple agencies tell employees to restrict news releases and social media.


    By ANDREW RESTUCCIA, ALEX GUILLÉN and NANCY COOK 01/24/17

    Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet, make policy pronouncements or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from multiple agencies.

    The steps to mute federal employees — seen to varying degrees in the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human Services — are sparking early fears of a broader crackdown across the government, as Trump vows to pursue an agenda sharply at odds with his predecessor.

    [...]

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...ockdown-234122

    Earth to bureaucrats: You have a new boss. Until he tells you what the policies are to be, you don't have any "policy pronouncements" to make. Anything that creates a "dark time" for "former Obama administration spokes[idiots]" is good for liberty and prosperity...
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  • #2
    This is just priceless...
    “From what we can tell, the cloud of Mordor is descending across the federal service,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

    “It’s a dark time right now,” said Liz Purchia, who headed EPA’s public affairs office during the Obama administration. “People are nervous and they are scared about what they can and can’t do. They don’t want to get in trouble and they want to do the right thing.

    The "the cloud of Mordor is descending" on Mordor-on-the-Potomac...

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    • #3
      Priceless-er...
      “It’s ironic that Trump based his entire campaign on Twitter and social media and now he’s preventing the staff that work from him from communicating with the public,” Purchia added.

      Is like saying that it's ironic that it's OK for cops to shoot hoodlums, but not OK for hoodlums to shoot cops.
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      • #4
        Priceless-est...
        The directives to federal employees — at least some apparently self-imposed by career staff — come amid a lingering fear among Trump loyalists that the president’s critics in the federal bureaucracy will seek to undermine his agenda. That’s especially the case where Trump’s priorities clash with those of previous administrations, such as former President Barack Obama’s use of EPA regulations on power plants, automobiles and the oil and gas industry as bulwarks of his approach to climate change.


        Why on Earth would these idiots think that Trump should allow them to continue with Obama's agenda?
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        • #5
          And now for the fake news...
          But an HHS official disputed the idea that the agency had been muzzled, and said people were misinterpreting a memo from acting Secretary Norris Cochran that "pertains only to proposed or pending regulations." Trump had ordered a "regulatory freeze" Friday night, telling agencies to hold off on all pending rules until his administration can review them.

          "Contrary to erroneous media reports, HHS and its agencies continue to communicate fully about its work through all of its regular communication channels with the public, the media and other relevant audiences," the official said. "There is no directive to do otherwise.”

          NIH spokeswoman Renate Myles said her agency was told “to hold on publishing new rules or guidance in the Federal Register or other public forums and discussing them with public officials until the administration has had an opportunity to review them.”

          There is no "information lockdown."
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          • #6
            National Park Service employees have hit back with an alternative twitter account.

            "You can take our twitter, but you will never take our free time"

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            • #7
              At least he's not lying and saying he wants "transparency" like someone else did.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
                Priceless-er...
                “It’s ironic that Trump based his entire campaign on Twitter and social media and now he’s preventing the staff that work from him from communicating with the public,” Purchia added.

                Is like saying that it's ironic that it's OK for cops to shoot hoodlums, but not OK for hoodlums to shoot cops.
                That has to be one of the most inane, insane analogies ever!

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                • #9
                  Another non sequitur from Doc: Every organization has rules about how can deliver information to the public, including the people Doc works for, especially government organizations.

                  Park employees have work to do, and are not cleared to act as spokepersons or media source for the public at large.

                  If Doc were to start releasing information privately about his employers to the public, he would be out on his butt in an instant.

                  That's the way it works, and it's high time everybody got the word and buckled down.
                  Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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