The Food and Drug Administration batted down reports that the Trump administration mandated the agency to only display Fox News on TVs in the common areas at its headquarters.
An email sent this week to researchers in FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research was leaked to reporters on Friday, causing a commotion on Twitter about whether the White House was trying to control the news sources consumed and displayed at the federal agency.
According to the email, a staffer asked why TVs were no longer displaying CNN.
“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. “Sorry for the inconvenience, but I am unable to change any of the monitors to any other news source at this time.”
The email was sent by a customer service representative from the agency’s facilities office, according to FDA.
However, an FDA spokeswoman denied that the administration had made such a request, insisting that a variety of news stations play on its TVs, including CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
“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,” she said in an email.
FDA’s White Oak campus, which serves as the agency’s headquarters, is located in Silver Spring, Md.
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