Author Archives: Joseph A. Davis

On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 4: Sources, Documents, Further Information

This fourth in a four-part series on the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines memorandum issued December 17, 2010 provides links to primary sources, media coverage and response, and press releases and statements by nongovernmental organizations.

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On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 3: OMB as a Force for Secrecy

On December 17, 2010, the White House issued scientific integrity guidelines that, among other things, could be used by federal agencies to require that government scientists have minders when giving interviews -- and now the White House refuses to be transparent … Continue reading

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On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 2: Can Federal Scientists Speak Freely With Journalists?

One of the five sections of OSTP Director John Holdren's December 17, 2010, scientific integrity guidelines for federal agencies covers Public Communications.  Media policy is what most concerns journalists, and is one area in which the Bush administration engaged in a … Continue reading

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On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 1: OMB’s Secret ‘Openness’ Policy

Scientific integrity guidelines for federal agencies issued December 17, 2010, by John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, ostensibly endorse open communication between journalists and scientists. But the available documentary evidence, including disclosures forced by a … Continue reading

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NOAA on the BP oil blowout: Is this any way to communicate science?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s science communication fiasco over the amount and fate of the runaway oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico following the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout presented an important object lesson: the Obama administration “tried to … Continue reading

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Pat Michaels, Virginia “State Climatologist”? A critical perspective on the issues

The Washington Post ran an article on September 17 on the controversy over whether Pat Michaels, long-time voice of the global warming denial machine, was entitled to continue to identify himself as the Virginia State Climatologist.  Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine … Continue reading

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