The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 March 2007

Muzzle velocity

Geez. BushCo fumbles another one:

A NASA scientist who said the Bush administration muzzled him because of his belief in global warming yesterday acknowledged to Congress that he'd done more than 1,400 on-the-job [media] interviews in recent years.

This isn't as egregious as, say, the time the Dixie Chicks were imprisoned underneath a nuclear-fuel storage facility for questioning the Iraq war and still managed to make another album, but so long as the Bush administration is flailing about, making desperate and manifestly inadequate attempts at damage control, we can expect more stories like this.

(Via Wizbang!)

Posted at 1:06 PM to Political Science Fiction


If this is "muzzled", I can't begin to imagine what LOUD is going to sound like. I may have to buy earplugs.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at 3:07 PM on 20 March 2007

Yes. Because when it comes from the Washington Times, you know it has got to be the whole story. Look! Isn't this ridiculous! Lying liberal! Well, at least now we don't have to talk about that pesky science (or how to edit reports so that they favor our own predetermined conclusions). Maybe we could make a joke about Al Gore? That's another good tactic. Don't sell BushCo short. They still got some tricks up their sleeves.

Posted by: Dwight at 3:30 PM on 20 March 2007

Yeah! They're sinister! Skull and Bones, Halliburtonoil AWK AWK AWK!

Wait, is that-- Aiieeee, black helicopters above my apartme

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 7:04 PM on 20 March 2007

Because when it comes from the Washington Times, you know it has got to be the whole story.

It does have the advantage of being a more complete story than Hansen was telling.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:21 AM on 21 March 2007

Ummm...government doesn't work that way. If he gave media interviews, then his job was not of a research scientist but as a media person. Media people are supposed to tell the government line: that's their job.
1400 interviews, even over a few years, doesn't give one much chance at being a scientist.

Posted by: Boinkie at 4:18 AM on 22 March 2007

"It does have the advantage of being a more complete story than Hansen was telling."

Once again, McGehee cuts to the chase. And Boinkie makes a solid point as well - didn't this guy have like, work to do? But then again, he was a GOVERNMENT employee. What was I thinking?

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 2:22 PM on 22 March 2007