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 Secret War on Tom Daschle

The producers who brought you Doggygate and the brouhaha over Al Gore's alleged claim that he invented the Internet are at work on a brand new project: the destruction of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Comments from a recent discussion thread on the right wing website demonstrate the budding smear efforts: "Please help me flesh out various scandals that Daschle is involved in," writes one contributor. "There is something about his wife's employment I think that might be a conflict of interest. Maybe not," suggests another. (Daschle's wife, Linda, is a transportation lobbyist for the firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell.) The website , which tracks and critiques political rhetoric, has been monitoring Daschle-bashing, recently noting a Washington Times article that mentions a "coordinated" attack on the senator by right-wingers. Thanks in part to Spinsanity , it's possible to trace many of the key motifs and rhetorical techniques...

Bush Interfaces With Brain

Just when you thought Slate 's book, George W. Bushisms , couldn't possibly sell any more copies, the President has done it again. According to the Washington Post , a vacationing Bush was surprised on Tuesday when asked by reporters about the plans of Panos Zavos, a Kentucky scientist, and Severino Antinori, an Italian fertility doctor, to clone a human being. Bush decided to answer on the topic of stem cells instead. Then, he offered this promise: "I'll be making a statement about my views on how life and science should interface when I'm ready." It's fascinating to imagine the hand gestures that might have accompanied this declaration. Personally, I like to picture Bush trying in vain to fit together two invisible, poorly matched Legos. And in the same session, Bush also managed this more minor flub on the Middle East, observing: "Our administration is in contact with the Israelis and the Palestinians on a regular basis. We will continue to do so." As Bush continues to tackle these...

A Vast *!?@ Conspiracy

For chronic Clinton-haters, it was a glorious weekend. The object of their joy? A book by National Enquirer writer Jerry Oppenheimer , published by conservative sugar-daddy Rupert Murdoch's HarperCollins press, containing allegations that 26 years ago Hillary Clinton called someone a "fucking Jew bastard" in a moment of anger. When you consider that the person allegedly slandered -- then-Bill Clinton campaign manager Paul Fray -- is actually a Baptist, the story starts to seem rather Area 51-ish. And that's before you read these lines from Fray's three year old apology letter to Hillary, released by her campaign: "At one point in my life, I would say things without thinking, without factual foundation, and without rhyme or remedy until it furthered my own agenda. I was wrong, and I have wronged you." As New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote of Hillary's alleged anti-Semitic remark, "There's no way to prove a negative. But if you buy this one, I've got some information on the...