Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ivory Tower has Dry Rot

This associated press article in the Washington Post explains how executives at the Smithsonian Institution requested changes to an exhibit on global warming in the Arctic in order to insure that material would not anger president Bush or Congress. This "rewrite" of the exhibit included omitting scientists interpretation of the data.

I always imagined the Smithsonian Institution as one of the few Bastions of pure knowledge. But if everything is a business, then I guess running an exhibit is just another form of marketing for the guys paying the bills. Stranger still is that I noticed the synopsis of the below article under the "Local" section in the express.

Smithsonian Accused of Altering Exhibit

Pictures from http://www.net.org/warming/stills.html

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