The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has published an editorial entitled Dying in a Leadership Vacuum calling on the present leadership of the United States to be voted out due to their alleging the coronavirus crisis into being turned into a tragedy resulting from alleging inept and corrupt practices. It states (in part):
“The response of our nation’s leaders has been consistently inadequate. The federal government has largely abandoned disease control to the states. Governors have varied in their responses, not so much by party as by competence. But whatever their competence, governors do not have the tools that Washington controls. Instead of using those tools, the federal government has undermined them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was the world’s leading disease response organization, has been eviscerated and has suffered dramatic testing and policy failures. The National Institutes of Health have played a key role in vaccine development but have been excluded from much crucial government decision making. And the Food and Drug Administration has been shamefully politicized, appearing to respond to pressure from the administration rather than scientific evidence. Our current leaders have undercut trust in science and in government, causing damage that will certainly outlast them. Instead of relying on expertise, the administration has turned to uninformed “opinion leaders” and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies.”
CNN states the editorial was readied two months ago. It is one of few editorials the publication has issued historically but does not note Democrat governors, like Andrew Cuomo and Gretchen Whitmer, who stand accused of having elderly COVID-19 infected patients admitted to nursing homes without adequate testing.
Last month, the medial journal was embroiled in a scandal revolving around its review process. NEJM had to retract a study published in May that relied on questionable data making the case that anti-malarial drugs increase the death risk of patients infected with COVID-19.
The implication by NEJM is obviously aimed to largely target President Trump. It is sad (but also telling) that a long established, once prestigious publication would ruin it’s reputation to further a political agenda using science as an ideology rather than as a means to gain knowledge.