December 10, 2009

Ain't Rocket Science, Baby!

NYTimes (1920):

That Professor Goddard, with his ‘chair’ in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution, does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react – to say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.

Chicago Boys' David Foster (day before yesterday):
What is noteworthy about the original editorial is not just the ignorance, but the arrogance and the outright nastiness. As the AstronauticsNow post points out, “The enlightened newspaper not only ridiculed the idea that rocket propulsion would work in vacuum but it questioned the integrity and professionalism of Goddard.” The post goes on to say that “The sensationalism and merciless attack by the New York Times and other newspapers left a profound impression on Robert Goddard who became secretive about his work (to detriment of development of rocketry in the United States)…”

It appears that some of the attributes of the NYT which make it so untrustworthy and unlovable today are actually cultural characteristics of long standing.

Worth keeping in mind when reading NYT analyses of Climategate.


Deleterious Anthropogenic Warming of the Globe Posted by John Kranz at December 10, 2009 3:04 PM

Nothing makes you smarter than everyone else quite like a diploma from Journalism school..

It's why they hate bloggers so much. Because bloggers have blown the lid off of their scam.

Posted by: AlexC at December 10, 2009 4:30 PM | What do you think? [1]