The message versus the facts.

Dan Gillmor quotes the first paragraph of a NY Times article to make a point:

NY Times: Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him. The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

He must not have read the rest of the article though, because I did and at no other point is Bush even mentioned, and there is certainly no proof of any kind given of such a charge. The headline seems more accurate insofar as NASA appears to be doing the silencing, but it wouldn’t surprise me if NASA was merely trying to protect their appropriations as any government department would.

The facts of the article just don’t seem to support the message and the point that Dan is trying to make.


One thought on “The message versus the facts.

  1. Larry,

    I thought I’d take some time to comment on your post.

    First, forget Dan Gillmor, and go right to the source of the story, the New York Times. Below the headline, the article description reads:

    “NASA’s top climate scientist says the Bush administration tried to stop him from talking about emissions linked to global warming.”

    Next you say “at no other point is Bush even mentioned”. But the article never claims that President George Bush personally muzzled the scientist. The article claims that his people within his administration did. And there are several references to that throughout the article.

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