Monday, November 21, 2016

Science and Bias


For John, BLUFThe problem is bias from political stance.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From City Journal and John Tierney.  The sub-headline is "The Left has done far more than the Right to set back progress."
My liberal friends sometimes ask me why I don’t devote more of my science journalism to the sins of the Right.  It’s fine to expose pseudoscience on the left, they say, but why aren’t you an equal-opportunity debunker? Why not write about conservatives’ threat to science?

My friends don’t like my answer:  because there isn’t much to write about. Conservatives just don’t have that much impact on science.  I know that sounds strange to Democrats who decry Republican creationists and call themselves the “party of science.”  But I’ve done my homework.  I’ve read the Left’s indictments, including Chris Mooney’s bestseller, The Republican War on Science.  I finished it with the same question about this war that I had at the outset:  Where are the casualties?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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