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Neil deGrasse Tyson tells CNN: Stop giving ‘equal time to the flat Earthers’

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Fox’s documentary series Cosmos, said on Sunday that the news media should stop trying to “balance” the debate on scientific issues by hosting people who deny science.

In an interview on CNN’s Reliable Sourcs, host Brian Stelter asked Tyson how to go about brokering a peace in the “war on science.”

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“Our civilization is built on the innovation of scientists and technologists and engineers who have shaped everything that we so take for granted today,” Tyson pointed out. “So some of the science deniers or science haters, these are people who are telling that to you while they are on their mobile phone.”

“They are saying, ‘I don’t like science. Oh, GPS just told us to go left,'” he laughed. “So it’s time for people to sit back and reassess what role science as actually played in our lives. And learn how to embrace that going forward, because with out it, we will just regress back into the caves.”

Stelter observed that the news media often tried to balance the climate change debate, even when the two sides were not equal.

“What responsibility do you think the members of the media have to portray science correctly,” the CNN host wondered.

“The media has to sort of come out of this ethos that I think was in principle a good one, but it doesn’t really apply in science,” Tyson explained. “The principle was, whatever story you give, you have to give the opposing view. And then you can be viewed as balanced.”

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“You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers,” he added. “Plus, science is not there for you to cherry pick.”

Tyson recalled that he once said that “the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”

“You can decide whether or not to believe in it, but that doesn’t change the reality of an emergent scientific truth,” he noted.

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Cosmos premieres Sunday night on the Fox broadcasting network at 9 p.m. ET.

Watch the video below from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast March 9, 2013.

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‘Let’s have Stormy Daniels week’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe urges Dems to call GOP bluff and expose all of Trump’s crimes

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough urged House Democrats to call the Republicans' bluff and expose President Donald Trump's alleged crimes, week after week, in hearing after hearing.

The "Morning Joe" host conceded that limiting the scope of impeachment to the Ukraine scandal had not moved the needle in public opinion, so he suggested expanding the process to include the federal crimes that GOP lawmakers have argued are necessary to impeach.

"As we move through this process, and the Republicans in the House acted in such an abhorrent way," Scarborough said. "It's going to damage them in the long run, they were much better off to say, 'Yes, he did it, but it's not a crime, this is why we're not removing him.' They're not doing that."

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Who is worse: Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell ?

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He’s maybe the most dangerous politician of my lifetime. He’s helped transform the Republican Party into a cult, worshiping at the altar of authoritarianism. He’s damaged our country in ways that may take a generation to undo. The politician I’m talking about, of course, is Mitch McConnell.

Two goals for November 3, 2020: The first and most obvious is to get the worst president in history out of the White House. That’s necessary but not sufficient. We also have to flip the Senate and remove the worst Senate Majority Leader in history.

Like Trump, Mitch McConnell is no garden-variety bad public official. McConnell puts party above America, and Trump above party. Even if Trump is gone, if the Senate remains in Republican hands and McConnell is reelected, America loses because McConnell will still have a chokehold on our democracy.

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Trump administration has a new excuse for delaying Ukraine aid — but CNN’s Elie Honig isn’t buying it

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On Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget released a memo offering an explanation for the Trump administration’s decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine earlier this year: OMB needed to make sure the funds weren’t being released “prematurely.” But legal journalist Jerry Lambe, in a December 12 article for Law & Crime, notes that not everyone finds that explanation convincing.

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