Monday, February 27, 2006

The Power of Citizen Journalism

Do you want more evidence of the power of the citizen-generated media?

Nick Anthis, a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M and currently a Rhodes Scholar doing postgraduate work in biochemistry at Oxford University, started his blog, The Scientific Advocate just last month. A few weeks ago, he broke the story that George Deutsch — the NASA public affairs aide at the heart of the Bush administration's efforts to prevent NASA scientists from speaking out on global warming — had lied about having a college degree. The revelation led to the 24-year-old presidential appointee's resignation on February 7.

Anthis's sleuthing was validated when the mainstream media — including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post ... even BBC Radio — ultimately covered the story.

It's a triumph of truth over truthiness!

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