Friday, February 10, 2006

Cry me a river

It seems to me that when you've gotten yourself in a deep hole, it's generally best to stop digging. This bit of wisdom seems to not have sunk in to our old buddy George Deutsch (who--I'm grateful to announce--did not graduate from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. He dropped out instead. My diploma no longer feels debased). Instead of laying low after making himself an international laughingstock, this snot-nosed wingnut punk with an over-inflated sense of self-importance is trying to portray himself as a victim of those mean and nasty scientists and their vast, left-wing conspiracy:
The young public affairs officer who resigned from NASA this week amidst controversy over his handling of communications on global warming charged on Thursday he's the victim of a politically motivated smear campaign.

George Deutsch, 24, a former Texas A&M University student who left the school to work on President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, lashed back at those who accused him of scientific censorship.

The facts that he was utterly unqualified for his position and lied on his resume weren't a factor in his dismissal. At all. Nosirre Bob. You'd think that he'd have learned his lesson after overstepping his bounds and attracting unwanted media attention, but no. He seems desperate for more rope to hang himself with:
"What is going on at NASA and throughout the federal government is a culture war," Deutsch said in a statement from his Washington-area home. "I quickly learned one thing: Dr. Hansen and his supporters have a very partisan agenda and ties reaching to the top of the Democratic Party."

That's right, George. All of that cosmic microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang is all a hoax perpetrated by the Democratic party to undermine the Bible. And all that NASA bunk about the Earth orbiting around the sun is a Democratic hoax as well. To quote Bill Cosby, Riiiight!

Fortunately, individuals at NASA have come to Deutsch's defense with statements that exposes Hansen for the godless, liberal, pinko, commie, athiest that he is:
On Thursday, both Hansen, who directs climate research from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, and NASA challenged the allegations by Deutsch.

"I have no idea where he got that idea. It would be the opposite of our credo about presenting all sides of a problem," Hansen wrote in an e-mail in response to the charge he tried to suppress opposing views.

Hansen also characterized himself as a moderately conservative independent who favors the positions of U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on campaign finance reform and climate change.

Hansen's views on global warming were not favored over others, said Dean Acosta, chief spokesman for NASA administrator Michael Griffin. "I can tell you categorically that is not happening," said Acosta.

The more I hear from Deutsch, the more familiar he becomes. He's cut from the same mold as every other far-right columnist that ever befouled the basement offices of the Battalion--if caught with your pants down, or called on bogus claims, attack, attack, attack! The sad thing is that somewhere there's an unaccredited university or neo-fascist magazine that thinks Deutsch's words couldn't be any closer to the Gospel truth than if God himself spoke them, and will fall over themselves to give him a cush job to land on and spout out his nonsensical ravings.

Has Deutsch learned anything from this sorry affair? Yeah, but I fear the lessons are all the wrong ones.

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