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Old 04-05-2018, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Sad.... :/



This still reminds me of the TV show The Americans.
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Old 04-05-2018, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Did he live near the Chattahoochee River?

I also don't understand why it's so hard for media outlets to get basic facts right.

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But the acting director also took time clarify issues regarding Cunningham's career. In the statement, she refers to "news coverage that Commander Cunningham recently did not receive a promotion...this information is incorrect," she said.

Dr. Schuchat's statement goes on to read, "Cunningham received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1st 2017. That statement contradicts what Atlanta police said during a news conference on February 27th.
http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/cdc-...arly-promotion

Many sources are still saying he was denied a promotion.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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According to what I have read, he worked in the Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. You have to wonder if there is a terrorist connection here.
He worked in the CDC's chronic diseases section, not the infectious diseases section, though the article does mention that he "responded to the Ebola virus and Zika virus outbreaks."

11alive.com | Missing CDC scientist told neighbor to erase phone number before disappearance

It's not clear what that even means. But I wouldn't read too much into that. This is the stuff conspiracy theories are made of.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Did he live near the Chattahoochee River?

I also don't understand why it's so hard for media outlets to get basic facts right.



CDC: Missing employee received early promotion - Story | WAGA

Many sources are still saying he was denied a promotion.

The news aren't the CDC, his boss', him, or his friends and family. They are not in place to really know first hand.

So they go to sources and then try to confirm and re-verify facts with a 2nd or 3rd source. It can often be very formulaic.

The problem here is the news is running into multiple sources, with a high level of validity, saying opposite things. So now the news must present both sides of this simple fact.

This also raises other questions, which I'm sure are being asked, but they also have to get people to answer the questions and seek additional confirmation.


In this case:

APD via interviews with CDC employees that knew him said he was upset on not getting a promotion.


Then someone higher up for the CDC claims he got a promotion.



Immediately what my follow up questions, unanswered, are what promotion did he feel he got passed over for and what promotion did he receive?

It could be that he got a promotion, but not as big of one as he felt he deserved. He got one, but for some reason was constantly complaining to co-workers or that a variety of sourced are confused and/or lying about the situation or felt someone else got credit for his work.... This is the unknown.


The problem is they might be having trouble getting follow up questions answered and might be stone-walled from interviews or finding the right people to interview (ie. like who told police he was upset over not getting a promotion).



In any case... technically the media currently has the basic facts correct. They are reporting what source said what, the conflict of information, and then leaving up to you the reader to decide. If they chose only one side without being able to verify it better, than they would be mis-representing the situation.


So this isn't a basic fact the news is getting wrong necessarily. They're presenting the information they have verified and you're assuming what the actual correct answer is.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:26 PM
 
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Very sad news. I lean toward suicide. It could be that he was suffering from depression and another mental illness, which would explain the somewhat erratic behavior on the day he went missing. The conspiracy theories seem a little far fetched to me.

Heartbreaking, no matter how he died.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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He worked in the CDC's chronic diseases section, not the infectious diseases section, though the article does mention that he "responded to the Ebola virus and Zika virus outbreaks."

11alive.com | Missing CDC scientist told neighbor to erase phone number before disappearance

It's not clear what that even means. But I wouldn't read too much into that. This is the stuff conspiracy theories are made of.
Still, the conflicting reports over his 'promotion' are a little disconcerting. This doesn't add up.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Did he live near the Chattahoochee River?

I also don't understand why it's so hard for media outlets to get basic facts right.



CDC: Missing employee received early promotion - Story | WAGA

Many sources are still saying he was denied a promotion.
It sounds like there were two promotions, one he got in July 2017 and a more recent one that was denied.
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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You just never really know the things people are secretly going through. Wow.
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Old 04-05-2018, 03:04 PM
 
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So tragic. I am sad for his friends and family and all of that lost potential.
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Old 04-05-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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So sad to hear about this.

I also think it may have been suicide.
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