American Elephants


Why Newspapers Are Failing — Continuing Evidence by The Elephant's Child

The news that the Obama administration is redefining the mission of NASA from an interest in, um, space — to Muslim outreach —would seem to be news, wouldn’t it?  Byron York notes in the Washington Examiner that:

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.

Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.

I understand that not everyone is a news junkie, but it would seem to me that this dubious redefinition of the space agency’s mission to feature outreach to Muslim countries to make them feel better about their ancient contributions to science and mathematics might rate more space in the news pages, or before the camera, than Lindsay Lohan’s being sent to jail.  Is Lindsay Lohan famous for something besides being drunk and in trouble with the law?

Paul Mirengoff at Power Line is a little indignant as well:

A lot of people out there haven’t heard of “American exceptionalism,” or, if they have, aren’t too sure of what it means. But they have a good intuition for it: It is, among other things, but quite importantly, the excitement and pride they felt when America did something the human race had wanted to do since it looked up at the night sky. Space exploration took on added luster for our generation because it was so in keeping with the natural optimism, bravado and energy of our youth.

Under Obama, NASA has ended plans to go back to the moon, or go to Mars (something also underreported). Budgets are tight, you know. Time to hunker down and lower our sights. But we can do Muslim outreach.

This is a window on the kind of thinking Obama does. Were it widely known, it would be devastating: We will put away what has made the country a beacon, and act like the small, repentant ex-bully Obama takes us to be. Thus the rockets get mothballed as The Great Satan starts to make amends by printing comic books celebrating Arab contributions to trigonometry 4000 years ago, or whatever it was.


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