NASA has been given a bold new mission statement… make nice with Muslims

Posted on July 8, 2010

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WTF?
From a Nexis search a few moments ago:
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.

If you were to receive your news from any one of these outlets, or even all of them together, and you heard about some sort of controversy involving the Obama administration redefining the space agency’s mission to feature outreach to Muslim countries, your response would be, “Huh?”  Among all the news these distinguished outlets have seen fit to cover in recent days, the NASA story has not made the cut.

Actually, there is one mention of the NASA controversy on the Washington Post website (not the newspaper itself).  You can see it here.  You might have to search a little for it: It’s deep in a blog item, in a section entitled “Cabinet and Staff News,” and the entire text of it is this: “NASA Chief Charles Bolden says his new mission to improve relations with the Muslim world.”  It links to a report on FoxNews.com.

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