What Fresh Hell Is This?

August 20, 2011

Craig Smith Does It Again

And that "it" means "withholds important information from his audience."

Take a look at this in today's Tribune-Review:
Ilya Somin is an associate professor at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy.
The name sounded familiar so I looked him up on 2PJ and found this.

While his description above seems politically neutral (he's just described as "an associate professor at George Mason University School of Law") parts of Somin's bio was conveniently omitted by the Scaife-employed Craig Smith.

Somin is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Scaife-funded Cato Institute - and from that page we also learn that Somin blogs at the conservative/libertarian Volokh Conspiracy.

However brilliant Professor Somin may be, politically neutral he isn't. Smith should have pointed out Somin's connections to the political right.

Also omitted, of course, are the millions of dollars Smith's boss Richard Mellon Scaife has shuffled of to Cato, where Somin's a scholar.

Another lesson (actually it's the same lesson, only resubmitted) on how the Right Wing Noise Machine works.

1 comment:

EdHeath said...

I beleive I have read that George Mason itself has received considerable donations from the Koch brothers, possibly for endowed chairs, possibly with the stipulation that the Koch brothers get to chose the butts seated in those chars.