July 7, 2010

Examiner’s Byron York: The NASA-Muslim Outreach Story ‘Has Not Made the Cut’

June 28, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Note: Photobucket, my photo/graphics storage provider, took it upon itself sometime early this afternoon Eastern Time to delete a photo which originally appeared in the original post below. The company did not contact me it did move the pulled graphic to the front of my album so I would be aware of its deletion.

Fortunately, I was able to find the original of this post at archive.org, and have added a portion of it at the top of this post. This time, I’m storing the graphic at my web host, so that Photobucket can’t purge it.

Because its web page layout has until recently been much narrower, this post’s cross-post to NewsBusters never included the graphic Photobucket has deleted.

Absent satisfactory resolution, if it’s technologically feasible, I’ll be looking for another photo storage provider at anniversary time.

June 29, 2011, 3:00 p.m. Note: Photobucket’s ultimate response, when prodded, is as follows — “The other image was a violation of our terms of use and will remain removed. The image contains hateful content that we do not allow.”

Those who believe that dhimmitude isn’t a problem had better wise up.




(Original post, with censored graphic at right)

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At the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog (HT Instapundit), Byron York documents the results of some Lexis Nexis searching:

  • Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.
  • Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.
  • Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.
  • Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.
  • Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.

As a supplement, here are the results of a search on “Charles Bolden” (not entered in quotes), NASA’s Director, done at 9:00 a.m. ET at the Associated Press’s main site:


Additional AP site searches on “NASA” and Bolden’s last name only return nothing relevant to the controversy described at this Monday Fox News story (bolds after headline are mine; internal links are in original):

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA’s orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview.

The NASA administrator was in the Middle East last month marking the one-year anniversary since Obama delivered an address to Muslim nations in Cairo. Bolden spoke in June at the American University in Cairo — in his interview with Al Jazeera, he described space travel as an international collaboration of which Muslim nations must be a part.

For all the new media controversy Bolden’s outreach remarks have generated — which, by the way amounts to about 130 items in a Google News search on “Charles Bolden” (in quotes) done at 9:20 a.m. ET — this later paragraph in Fox’s report is in its own way even more offensive:

He said the United States is not going to travel beyond low-Earth orbit on its own and that no country is going to make it to Mars without international help.

Apparently, that would be too “unilateral” or something. Maybe one of the early “beyond low-Earth” missions will be to the moon to remove that offensive American flag that Neil Armstrong’s crew planted there.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



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  2. Just as a matter of historical note – the American flag left behind on the moon was originally planned to be the flag of the United Nations. It was the outrage of the American people that sparked the change when the original plan became known.

    Comment by Bill Pierce — July 7, 2010 @ 10:34 am

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  4. #2, Indeed the case. I wonder what Humphrey would have done if he instead of Nixon had won in 1968?

    Comment by TBlumer — July 7, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  5. This regime now officially has become a parody of itself. How can The Onion or SNL top this? I just would like to know how many people told the President not to do this because, apart from being stupid in and of itself, it would solidify the country’s perception that he is an anti-American moron. My guess is 0, which is more disturbing than if it was 1000.

    Comment by Joe C. — July 7, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

  6. Idiotic. There are very few nations with the capability, resources and desire to engage in space travel. This blatant attempt at self-righteous internationalism is patronizing, counter-productive and will amount to no more than a condescending decent into grand scale affirmative action.

    And last time I checked, cooperation had zip to do with all the advancements in space travel up to this point. In fact, it was competitor between two major superpowers that drove all the major advancements in space travel and exploration, internationalism contributed nothing. And in fact, since that competition had ended, advancements in space travel have paled and been slow in comparison.

    Comment by zf — July 8, 2010 @ 12:29 am

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