Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

A Dose of Reality

Then-Vice President Joe Biden (right) and Hunter Biden gesture as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue following the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2009. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Don’t believe Joe Biden about the swine flu — or anything else

It’s not every day you open up the newspaper, read that the administration’s science advisers have issued a report warning that 90,000 people may perish in an impending epidemic — and then breathe a sigh of relief. The sigh was possible because the Centers for Disease Control had cleaned up after the White House, explaining that the report’s eye-popping figure was “not a prediction,” merely a planning scenario. But by the time the CDC had set the record straight, hundreds of news stories had already publicized the sensational claim.

The report came from the same administration whose vice president terrified the …

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