Silenced on Salmon: NOAA scientists asked to direct media questions up the ladder

According to this Washington Post article, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has instructed its representatives and scientists in the West to route media questions about salmon back to its Washington headquarters where one of three political appointees will handle them. Coincidence or not, the order was given the day after regional NOAA spokesmen made statements in a Post article that seemed to fly in the face of White House policy on Pacific salmon and dams.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/30/AR2006053001057.html