Major, massive, epic moron.
Homeboy invites our Dr. Pam Ronald on his show to talk about GMOs. Great public science outreach opportunity. I was excited for her and for the field and for the public.
But you know ‘crank magnetism’? Its never surprising when an anti-vaxer turns out to be a Holocaust Denier or (and) a 9/11 Truther, etc etc etc? I guess I shouldnt have been surprised at all that all the cranks get their moves from the same play-book.
See, Oz invited Pam on his show to talk about GMOs. But he didnt ‘really’ want to talk to her (or anyone) about GMOs… other than
a random hobo he found on the street Jeffery Smith. Whos Jeffery Smith? Who the fuck knows. Hes just some guy who REALLY DOESNT LIKE GMOS DEY BE KILLIN MAH BABBYS I NUT KRAZY! Here is his totally not crazy website. Kinda reminds me of Lenny Horowitzs totally not crazy website. I mean, totally not crazy, rite??
And the articles Jeffy writes reflects his lack of education. And crazy. Like this one.
To a working virologist and geneticist, that article is mind blowingly stupid. I mean, hes gone right passed Not-Even-Wrong-Country and has driven off the Cliff-of-WHA? I might tear it apart later, but I kinda teared apart an almost same rant a while back.
So Rockstar of Science Oz, someone Chris Mooney thinks we should be cuddling up to (or needs rockstar help? who the hell knows what that campaign was supposed to do), has a top-tier scientist/author/beautiful lady put up ‘against’ random crazy hobo Jeffy. Seems like a mean trick on Jeffy right? RONG! Rockstar Oz used the exact same tricks Creationists and HIV Deniers have used on scientists, since the beginning of time–
1– Put up a real scientist against your random crazy hobo. Instant credibility for your hobo!!!!
2– Editing!Ask a real question, get a real answer, and then edit out everything you dont want people to see. I suppose its just ‘framing’ though, rite?
Stupid Pam for even trying to educate the public without Aerosmith standing next to her.
She should have left an appearance like this to communication experts like Mooney, what with his extensive history of educating the public about science, especially the science of GMOs.
Or at least consulted him as to whether she would be ‘hurting the cause’ by agreeing to interact with one of *his* rockstars.
Oz is a joke. He was given a priceless platform to educate the public, scientists are excited to help him use that platform to educate the public, and he wastes it all. This also had a side-effect of being evidence that the Rockstar Campaign actually, literally, ‘hurt the cause’ of science education. Its on tape. Not that Oz didnt ‘hurt the cause’ before, but now we actually have unquestionable proof that he was presented with excellent science to educate the public, and actively chose to hide and distort that science.
Im assuming Mooney and GQ will be withdrawing Ozs 2010 ‘Rockstar’ selection in light of this damning evidence.