Monday, January 05, 2009

The usual dishonest rhetoric

Maybe you can blame the headline writer for this alleged "stem cell ban". But it wouldn't be inconsistent with past NYT coverage of the issue.

There is no "stem cell ban". There are only some restrictions on getting money from the federal govt for stem cell research. Next thing we know we'll be hearing from the steel industry (or whoever else that wants a bailout next) that failing to give them govt money amounts to a "steel ban". Heaven forbid that there should be restrictions on federal spending on anything any time anywhere.

The debate about the "stem cell ban" supposed rests on whether it would be attacked via executive order or legislation. Wouldn't it be hysterically funny if legislation were presented to Barack Obama and he vetoed it? Not likely, but still...

Via Glenn Reynolds.