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December 17th, 2006

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07:42 am - White House leaning over scientists shoulders
New USGS "screening" rules, from the AP wire via LiveScience.com

The new requirements state that the USGS's communications office must be “alerted about information products containing high-visibility topics or topics of a policy-sensitive nature.''
Perhaps it isn't really meant to censor, but it's certainly meant to let the government get the spin machines in motion more quickly:
Top officials at the Interior Department's scientific arm say the rules only standardize what scientists must do to ensure the quality of their work and give a heads-up to the agency's public relations staff. [Emphasis mine]

Lysenko, anyone?
Current Mood: paranoid, natch

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