OPEN LETTER TO SHEPARD SMITH


Dear Mr. Smith:

I just heard, on Studio B, your discussion of the impending reentry of a satellite.  Now, I have no trouble with you poking fun at governmental institutions, including The Obama Office for Islamic Outreach NASA; they need it.  But this was a very poor show indeed, suggesting to me that neither you nor your fellow reporters have any training in science.

That is too bad, because Fox News needs to maintain credibility in all matters, especially nowadays when accurate reporting is so hard to find.  I suspect that calling in Bill Nye the Science Guy at this point to talk about the impending reentry will do your viewers no good.

May I suggest that you guys splurge a little and hire a savvy scientific generalist – in a word, a Jules Bergman type – to report on scientific matters?  A competent science reporter would have explained, from the very beginning of this event, the uncertainties inherent in orbital mechanics, the unpredictable effects of the atmosphere upon reentry, and other relevant matters.  This would have allowed you to (a) focus on more important matters and (b) retain credibility.

Proper understanding of science has never been more crucial than it is today.  It is of no help when, instead of reporting objectively, untrained reporters chuckle condescendingly over the fact that no one can predict – because it is unpredictable – when the satellite will reenter the atmosphere, to what extent it will burn up, and how much of it will strike the Earth and where.

Please, do find that dedicated Jules Bergman type.  Do it now.

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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