Science Committee Members to Trump: Stop Spreading Fake News

Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)

Seven Democratic members of the House Science Committee have sent a letter to President Donald Trump telling him he should not rely on fake news, debunked research and misinformation when setting science policy.

“We are concerned about the process by which you receive information,” the one-page letter begins. “According to a story reported by Politico on May 15, 2017, your Deputy National Security Advisor passed along printouts of two Time magazine cover stories — one, a previously identified and debunked Internet hoax purported to be from the 1970s warning of a coming ice age, and the other, from 2008, a special report on global warming, with the intention of undermining concern about climate change.”

The letter was signed by Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR),  Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA),  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV).

“Where scientific policy is concerned, the White House should make use of the latest, most broadly-supported science. You have a tool at your disposal in this regard, should you wish the make use of it, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) which, under your administration, has been left largely unstaffed and without a director,” the letter states.

“Until the OSTP is adequately staffed and the director position filled by a qualified, objective scientists who understand the difference between alternative news peddled by alt-right websites and legitimate well-vetted scientific facts, we fear that you will continue to be vulnerable to misinformation and fake news,” the letter adds.

The representatives criticized Trump for disseminating a range of false stories from dubious sources, including the charge that President Barack Obama wiretapped him and that millions of people voted illegally in the presidential election.

“This, by no means, is a comprehensive list of your activities peddling fake news,” the letter states.

  • JamesG

    They started it. I’m sure it went straight into Dave’s circular file unread.

  • Can anyone translate this for me?

  • Kapitalist

    Let me try!
    Euhm, no, let’s not bother.

  • therealdmt

    Uh oh, tellin’ it like it is

  • duheagle

    The liars in the Democratic Party are annoyed that their fake news isn’t getting the respect they think it deserves.

  • Vladislaw

    If the democrats want trump to read something they better put his name in every sentence or he won’t keep reading..

    “Officials put Trump’s name in ‘as many memo paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned’

    Tactic among a number developed to keep easily distracted President focused on important information”

  • Douglas Messier

    Not worth the effort.

    There was on real expectation Trump would read it, much less heed it. But, it was a good public reminder of the president’s overall bereftness.

  • ThomasLMatula

    What is funny is that there is a theory that additional global warming, creating an ice free Arctic Ocean, is necessary for triggering an Ice Age 🙂

    So maybe the ultimate out come of global warming will be a rapid entry into an ice age 🙂

  • JamesG

    The public didn’t read it either. It is just part of the Kabuki theater that is our Federal Government at the moment.

  • JamesG

    Fake news about fake news?

  • Jeff2Space

    Scientific results have no affiliated political party.