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September 2020 - Scientific American




"Trump is scientifically illiterate."


They must really despise Trump to break a 175 year tradition of staying out of politics. I wonder how many Trump supporters will cancel their subscriptions? lol. Trick question. No Trump supporters have a subscription. You know it, and I know it.




(Full article at above link)



The October issue of Scientific American will carry what has never been seen in the magazine’s pages in 175 years: a presidential endorsement.

In an urgent and impassioned message, the editorial board endorsed former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, calling him the candidate “who is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment.”

It was a striking move for the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States.

Four years ago, the magazine flagged Donald Trump’s disdain for science as “frightening” but did not go so far as to endorse his rival, Hillary Clinton. This year, its editors came to a different conclusion.

“A 175-year tradition is not something you break lightly,” Helmuth, the editor said. “We’d love to stay out of politics, but this president has been so anti-science that we can’t ignore it.”

Scientific American’s 1,400-word editorial is as much an endorsement of Biden as it is a catalogue of Trump’s hostility to science throughout his term.

“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science,” the endorsement reads, citing his push to eliminate health rules from the Environmental Protection Agency, his rejection of stricter air pollution standards and his continued denial of climate change.

Despite the excoriation of the president for his anti-science stance, Helmuth, the editor, stressed that they wanted their endorsement to be fact-based and evidence-backed — not partisan.

“We never used the world ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’; it’s strictly about these two people,” Helmuth said. "Trump has the scientific understanding of a child."

Scientific American’s track record of not endorsing candidates is what could ultimately give its endorsement more weight, according to Paul Beck, a political scientist and professor emeritus at Ohio State University.

“An endorsement from an organization like that — that has been in the past above politics — would carry considerable weight with their audience,” Beck told The Post, calling the Scientific American endorsement “powerful.”

For an organization that has avoided political endorsements for so long to join the fray is unusual, Beck said — though when it comes to the 2020 race, he said, nothing surprises him.

“You have a truly anti-science president,” Beck said, “and the scientific community by and large has been appalled at what has come out of the president’s mouth and come out of Washington.”

Rancor between scientists and Trump allies cut across many issues.

Beck admits it won’t move the die-hard supporters, "They are a lost cause." he said, "but it might sway Republicans or independents who already have doubts."



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16 minutes ago, drvoke said:

Sorry, I did not see the other thread. Redirect to original.

I read a lot of Scientific American when Bush was running for President.  Scientific American was definitely pro-Gore and anti Bush.  It also supported John Kerry.  Their claim that Biden is the first candidate they have backed is ridiculous.  Their writers wrote many hit pieces on George W. Bush and poured it on thick for Gore.

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