The Rewriting of Reality Begins with the Words

The CDC isn’t the only government agency recently given a list of naughty words. The Washington Post reports that two other Health and Human Services were given a litany of lexemes the Trump Administration wants erased from their vocabulary, including “diversity,” “entitlement” and “vulnerable,” three of the words the CDC was also ordered never to utter.

Elsewhere in the Trump government’s vernacular, insurance “marketplaces” are supposed to be called “exchanges,” a term that evokes ideas socialist-esque bartering, and the Affordable Care Act is supposed to be referred to as “Obamacare.”

Even the president’s supporters admit that Donald Trump  likes to create and perpetuate his own version of the truth, but this institutional censoring of language to augment reality is perhaps the most chilling effort yet.

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