Friday, April 01, 2005

Fact free Hume

Brit Hume needs a new job because he is one lousy reporter.

1 comment:

S.W. Anderson said...

"Reporter" really isn't the term for Hume. Maybe back in his NBC News days, but not for quite some time now.

Hume is a corporate executive with a microphone and camera trained on him. His employer is an operating extension of the Republican National Committee, the Bush administration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Heritge Foundation, Club for Growth, etc.

Those are people who have long demonstrated their attitude toward science. To many of them, probably most of them, it's not a discipline for establishing facts and broadening mankind's knowledge, strength and safety. Like everything else, science is supposed to support profit maximization and endorse the notion regulation is both unwise and unnecessary.

Some of these people also proceed on the curious notion they should be able to buy the results and findings they want. Or, failing that, they should be able buy results and findings that negate the unwelcome results and findings of others.

PR operations, including Hume's efforts, are then to use the corporate-desired results to develop spin that will clear the way for whatever the corporations want.