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Liz Essley Whyte from the Center for Public Integrity battled long and hard to get the Trump White House to publicly release the weekly COVID-19 briefings that the feds send to every governor. I explained before in this column how some governors didn’t want to share the information, especially while the numbers were trending badly.
This week, the Center’s editor published some insight into what has been happening behind the scenes. It is a story that many of you know too well:
In recent months, Liz has been asking a lot of questions about who is behind the conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19 vaccination. Her investigation, published this week, found that a handful of people are making millions of dollars stoking…