Friday, April 10, 2009

Memo to Amy Sullivan: Get Your Facts Straight!

Someone might want to inform Time's Amy Sullivan that Barack Obama expanded the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and will allow federal tax dollars to be spent on whatever the National Institutes of Health deems reasonable. This changed the previous policy which allowed federal funding of embryonic stem cell lines created before August of 2001.

Obama didn't sign "an executive order allowing research on embryonic stem cells to go forward after an eight-year halt."

Nor did he "reverse George W. Bush's ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research" since Bush was the first president to fund embryonic stem cell research and embryonic stem cell research received hundred of millions of dollars in federal funding before Obama took office.

It would really be nice if reporters like Sullivan and her editors at Time took a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the basic facts of the topics they're writing on before printing descriptions of public policy which are blatantly untrue.

You start to realize that "reporters" like Sullivan are more interested in pushing their policy preferences than reporting facts when you seem them constantly using innaccurate policy descriptions which also happen to be exactly how proponents of changing a policy inaccurately describe the policy in an attempt to influence public opinion.

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