An organization within the Food and Drug Administration has reportedly been asked to change its TV monitors from CNN to Fox News.
In an email sent on Wednesday to the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research within the FDA that was obtained by BuzzFeed reporter Julia Reinstein, the researchers were told that televisions had been changed because the current administration requested that “all monitors, under our control, on the White Campus, display FOX news.”
The FDA is the agency that is responsible for regulating food and drugs, medical devices, blood donations, veterinary products, cosmetics, and tobacco.
Reinstein tweeted a screenshot of the email sent to “CBER Researchers” from “WO Digital Display.”
Someone at CBER sent me the email which told staff TVs had been switched to Fox News by order of the admin pic.twitter.com/rsCzpOtdpv
— Julia Reinstein (@juliareinstein) May 5, 2017
Within the FDA, the CBER evaluates biologics, including blood, drugs made from biologic materials including vaccines, and cell and gene therapies.
The FDA said in a statement:
“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.”