For John, BLUF: How can it be science is politicians can shut it down if they disagree with it. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Gleichschaltung is the word Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds uses to describe this incident, report in The Hill. Fairly appropriate.
Here is part of what Professor Reynolds extracted from the article.
Five top Democratic economists are criticizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the left-leaning Brookings Institution for forcing one of its nonresident economic fellows to resign.Well, Senator E Warren is a US Senator, and she should be free to question a study. The really embarrassing thing is that Brookings Institution caved and caved so quickly. On the other hand, Ms Warren should be concerned that Brookings rolled over so easily. Is she abusing her position?
Warren raised concerns earlier this week that Robert Litan, a nonresident and unpaid economics fellow at the think tank, was using Brookings to peddle an industry-backed study that was critical of a financial advice regulatory pitch championed by Warren and the White House.
In a letter to Brookings earlier this week, Warren questioned the independence of the study, which Litan openly notes in the text “was supported by the Capital Group, one of the largest mutual fund asset managers in the United States.”
Hours later, Litan was forced to resign.
The Democratic economists say they’re “concerned” about Litan’s treatment.
They said Warren’s approach and Brookings’ “complicity with it threatens ad hominem attack on any author who may be associated with an industry or interest whose views are contrary to hers.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff