Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Who are you going to believe? Me or recorded history?


For those haven’t been following the fun, Sean Davis at The Federalist has been using science-y bloviator Neil DeGrasse Tyson as a chew toy. See:

In each of those Davis unmasks Tyson’s lack of integrity. While not rising to the level of Ward Churchill or Michael Mann levels of dishonesty because the examples Tyson gives serve to show the superiority of science-y stuff, and of Tyson’s intellect, over judges, politicians, etc. Naturally, Tyson’s acolytes haven’t been amused. When the faked quote controversy was appended to the worshipful Tyson Wikipedia biography, the “objective” editors at Wikipedia refused to allow mention. In retaliation, Wikipedia attempted to remove the entry on The Federalist.

Suffice it to say a) Tyson is a blowhard who is completely in love with himself and b) he is the leader of a cult of vicious gits who failed high school chemistry but now imagine themselves to be science-y because they sniff Tyson’s methane eruptions thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

All of these various manufactured quotes are benign, in and of themselves. But Tyson, being a leftist had to take a personal swipe at President Bush. Via Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist:

And perhaps most oddly, given how easy it is to check out, Tyson frequently shared a quotethat he attributed to President George W. Bush despite no record of this quote existing elsewhere.

According to Tyson, in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bush uttered the phrase, “Our God is the God who named the stars.” According to Tyson, the president made that claim as a way of segregating radical Islam from religions like Christianity or Judaism. You can watch it here.

This quote is total crap. Not only did it never happen, but it flies in the face of every single statement made by President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.

Now Tyson has finally responded:

I have explicit memory of those words being spoken by the President. I reacted on the spot, making note for possible later reference in my public discourse. Odd that nobody seems to be able to find the quote anywhere — surely every word publicly uttered by a President gets logged.

Actually it isn’t odd at all. If every word the president says in public gets recorded (and it does) and you remember him …read more    

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