Bad Astronomy Gives Good Rant

Phil Plait, over at Bad Astronomy is outraged over the meddling of George Deutsch in NASA's press releases about science matters. Deutsch, a 24-year-old political appointee and college dropout, is entitled to his opinions on scientific matters, of course, but it does seem—shall we say presumptuous?—to insist on editing real scientists on matters of scientific "accuracy."

But that's just my opinion. Plait makes his case so well, I really don't need to add my 2¢.

Just as I was about to post this, I saw that the NYT announced Deutsch's resignation. It's still a great read, so I'll post it anyway.

John Atkinson's picture

>Just as I was about to post this, I saw that
>the NYT announced Deutsch's resignation. Now there's proof for the existence of God!Seriously, how did a 24-year-old college dropout get such into such a position of authority at NASA? I mena, I know he worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign, but was there not anyone at NASA who had the balls to suggest that hiring this pinhead might not be the best strategy?