In today’s dumb media manufactured scandals, we have the epic tale of Rebekah Jones… Censored Data Scientist.
Coronavirus: As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data chief gets sidelined and researchers cry foul – Florida Today
Woman who designed Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard has been removed from her position – WPEC
Florida scientist was fired for ‘refusing to manipulate’ COVID-19 data, she said – Florida Today
She made a digital dashboard that showed Wuhan Virus rates. She wasn’t researching the virus, treating patients or making policy.
She put up numbers for people to see.
Here’s Jones’ CV
Ph.D Florida State University; Tallahassee, Fla. Ph.D. Geography. 2016- 2018, Dissertation working title: Using Native American Sitescapes to Extend the North American Paleotempestological Record. M.S.Louisiana State University;
Baton Rouge, La. M.S. Geography, Mass Communication. May 2014. Thesis title: Quantifying the Impact of Hurricanes, Mid-Latitude Cyclones and Other Weather and Climate Extreme Events on the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands Using Remotely Sensed Data
B.A.Syracuse University ; Syracuse, New York. B.A. Geography, Newspaper and Online Journalism.
Cum Laude, . August 2012. Focus points: Environmental and Political Journalism, Remote Sensing, and Natural Hazards
Jones started out with a journalism BA, then moved to some sort of communications/geo MS and a PhD tracking Indian grave sites that had possibly been caused by hurricanes.
She’s not an epidemiologist, but is kicking up a fuss over being reassigned. The only scandal here is the media’s lack of integrity.