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

The Other Terror

"It is scandalous that a few hijackers with knives were able to hold scores of airline passengers at bay. As a good first step towards making commercial airplanes dangerous for hijackers, pilots should be issued handguns…..Cabin stewards who wish to carry concealed weapons should likewise be authorized to do so….And passengers? Forty years ago, sportsmen routinely stowed their shotguns in overhead luggage compartments. There were no laws against bringing guns onto planes. Whatever the benefits that have resulted from the last three decades of laws against passengers carrying lawfully owned firearms onto planes, they have been far outweighed by a single day's deaths which are the direct result of turning planes into safe zones for terrorists." -- Dave Kopel , The National Review Online , September 12, 2001 Want to recommend an item for Hall of Shame? E-mail HREF=""> Please include your name, where you live, and the source of...


On his radio show on Thursday, Rush Limbaugh went ballistic about my recent American Prospect Online article " The Secret War on Tom Daschle ." Apparently the piece really touched a nerve: Limbaugh read most of the article on the air and pronounced it "fascinating" (needless to say, not in a positive sense). Limbaugh interpreted the article as being all about him: He even suggested that in parentheses at the end of the title I should have added "Led by Rush Limbaugh." Though I did discuss Limbaugh quite a bit in the piece, I didn't see him as being in any way central to my claim -- which was made in an admittedly tentative way -- that there appears to be a burgeoning right wing project to smear Tom Daschle. Rush predictably pooh-poohed the notion of any collusion among conservatives to discredit Daschle, but nothing that he said challenged any of the evidence I had already gathered. Indeed, Rush even provided some new evidence of this so-called "war" -- evidence that I didn't even...