Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney is a Prospect senior correspondent and, most recently, author of Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatened Our Future (with Sheril Kirshenbaum).

Recent Articles


  • August 10, 2000 -- Getting Their Money's Worth
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    On August 3rd the Hotline reported the results of a new poll that showed
    that a clear majority of the public (65 percent) believes that the government's
    antitrust case against Microsoft is "politically motivated by competitors"
    and that roughly twice as many voters would be less likely (33 percent), rather
    than more likely (17 percent), to vote for a politician who supports the
    government suit.

    Don't Show Me the Money:

    Q: The first question I wanted to ask was about "stealth PACs." Voting on a bipartisan basis, Congress recently closed the loophole that allowed these groups to conceal their donors. But some have questioned the significance of the legislation. Do you think this is a step toward more fundamental reform, or does it just serve as political cover for Republicans so they can say they got something done on campaign finance?

    Drawn and Quartered:

    Following the Supreme Court's dramatic 5 to 4 ruling striking down Nebraska's partial birth abortion ban in Stenberg v. Carhart, George W. Bush got caught without a thesaurus. Condemning the decision, Bush proclaimed that states should be allowed to enact laws "particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live."

    Outrage of Aquarius:

    Word came out recently that Dan Kennedy, the talented press critic, will soon be leaving his post at The Boston Phoenix to work on a book about dwarfism. Just in time: A recent article suggests media watchers of Kennedy's caliber may want to turn their guns on the Phoenix itself, whose sense of journalistic duty appears to be shrinking rapidly.

    Reflections on Political Catastrophism

    On the morning of September 11th -- three months ago today -- I went into a phone booth at a hotel near my evacuated office building, where I'd taken refuge to watch CNN, and called my parents and girlfriend to let them know I was all right. I wasn't the only one making such a call; in fact, I had to wait in line. Many in the Washington, D.C. area were so shaken by the Pentagon plane crash and the slew of bomb threats that ensued that they felt in mortal danger. The roads backed up as some fled the city, believing we were under an all-out attack. The panic wasn't helped by the President's cross-country joyride aboard Air Force One.