Thu, Feb 09, 2006
George Deutsch's Employment Now Just A Theory
Perhaps you've heard of
George Deutsch. He was President Bush's 24-year old appointee at
NASA, who told public affairs employees to keep reporters away from
a climatologist who's talked openly about global warming in the
past. He's also the one who told a web editor to add the word
"theory" to every mention of "Big Bang."
Now, the New York Times reports George Deutsch resigned from
NASA this week after his supposed alma mater, Texas A&M
University, contradicted his resume. Yes, he attended classes at
A&M, the college said... but he didn't graduate as
Officials at the space agency were disinclined to comment on
"Under NASA policy, it is inappropriate to discuss personnel
matters," said Dean Acosta, the deputy assistant administrator for
public affairs and Mr. Deutsch's former boss.
What qualified Mr. Deutsch at that young age to work in NASA's
public affairs office in the first place? Well, he did work for the
Bush campaign in 2004 and did help out on the second
The Times reports it got a tip on the bogus resume entry from
other workers in NASA, who were alarmed at the politicization of
news coming out of the space agency.
Deutsch himself was unavailable for comment. But the
climatologist in question, James Hansen, says this is just the tip
of the iceberg.
He says there are plenty of other political appointees trying to
limit his comments on what he sees as the threats posed by global
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