Remember the flap a while back about a unqualified (but Bush-loyal) hack at NASA editing press-releases and denying the press interview with climate scientists? Merely a bad-apple, you might say, not part of a deliberate and concerted effort to weaken and sideline science.
Well, this time it seems the plausible deniability is wearing thin. CNBC's request for an interview with NOAO scientist Dr. Tom Knutson gets vetted by none-other than Commerce department press secretary Chuck Fuqua...
"What is Knutson's view on global warming vs. decadal cycles?" Fuqua asked his subordinate.
He's "a bit of a different animal" than the higher-ups at the NOAA, the aide responded.
"Why can't we have one of the other guys on then?" Fuqua emailed back.
NOAA ultimately denied CNBC the interview.
The ever vigilant Henry Waxman (D-CA) is on the case, but until the house and/or senate fall under Democrat control I doubt any investigation will get anywhere.
The "There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party." quote is (of course) from 1984.