This year’s annual far-left environmentalist Earth Day events were repackaged as “The March for Science.” On Monday, despite weekend events’ obvious agenda, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle gleefully told viewers leading into a commercial break that “it wasn’t partisan,” and that “the marches were apolitical.”
The left routinely pretends that its orchestrated events are nonpartisan. The press usually relays that labeling without challenge. But the sponsorships, when disclosed, almost inevitably betray these events’ radical roots.
The Washington version of the March for Science was no exception. Despite its insistence that “Science isn’t Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative,” the march cosponsors included old reliable radicals like Greenpeace and the Union for Concerned Scientists. Organizers didn’t event bother getting a new domain name, instead opting to put their event into a directory of EarthDay.org. Their real agenda, as succinctly explained by Thomas Smith at The American Spectator, is a “new form of intellectual bullying … intentionally designed is to stop the conversation not advance it.” How unscientific.
The Associated Press’s coverage of the worldwide marches, delivered by reporter Seth Borenstein, was predictably biased and contained a whiff of the bullying Smith just described. But at least Borenstein didn’t try to pretend that the event didn’t have a political agenda, as seen in this excerpt (bolds are mine):
Scientists said they were anxious about political and public rejection of established science such as climate change and the safety of vaccine immunizations.
“Scientists find it appalling that evidence has been crowded out by ideological assertions,” said Rush Holt, a former physicist and Democratic congressman who runs the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “It is not just about Donald Trump, but there is also no question that marchers are saying ‘when the shoe fits.’”
Despite saying the march was not partisan, Holt acknowledged it was only dreamed up at the Women’s March on Washington, a day after Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
But the rallies were also about what science does for the world.
“Most people don’t know how much funding for the sciences supports them in their lives every day. Every medical breakthrough, their food, clothing, our cellphones, our computers, all that is science-based,” said Pati Vitt, a plant scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “So if we stop funding scientific discoveries now, in 10 years, whatever we might have had won’t be; we just won’t have it.”
Most readers here realize that most of the scientific progress Ms. Witt identified has been achieved in the private sector, where there is generally accountability for results. In the government sector, to vastly understate the case, that isn’t quite as true. Additionally, political agendas have all too often intruded into internal funding and external grant decisions, overriding genuine scientific priorities.
MSNBC’s Ruhle didn’t let any of this inconvenient reality affect her presentation when she wrapped up a segment on her Monday MSNBC Live program:
STEPHANIE RUHLE, MSNBC: As we talk about last week with former MythBusters host Adam Savage, tens of thousands marched this weekend in over 600 protests worldwide. It wasn’t partisan, it was simply in support of science. The marches were apolitical with many of the signs unbiasedly funny. Here you go.
Ruhle and her MSNBC producers somehow missed the numerous agenda-driven signs, including the following found among several others at the Daily Wire (click to open a larger image in a separate window or tab):
Falsely presenting far left-driven events as grassroots enterprises organized, managed and attended by ordinary people is a decades-long establishment press fake-news tradition.
Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.