Less Than Full Disclosure from Jim Hansen? Or Right Wing Smear?

The Soros Threat To Democracy, Investor's Business Daily

"How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely "NASA whistleblower" standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros' Open Society Institute , which gave him "legal and media advice"? That's right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros' flagship "philanthropy," by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI's "politicization of science" program. That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to let him spout his supposedly "censored" spiel for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda."

Editor's note: When asked, NASA PAO told me that they are looking into the issue and declined to comment at this time. Dr. Hansen has yet to respond to an email request.

If this is true, you would think that Dr. Hansen would have at least have had the professional integrity to disclose this information up front - given that he was more than willing to wave his arms around about all the things he claimed others were doing to him and his ability to speak openly about his research. Hopefully, Dr. Hansen - never shy about being quoted - will speak on the record about this issue - and set the record straight - one way or the other.

Editor's update: This 2006 Soros Foundations Network Report, Page 123, states: "Scientist Protests NASA's Censorship Attempts - James E. Hansen, the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, protested attempts to silence him after officials at NASA ordered him to refer press inquiries to the public affairs office and required the presence of a public affairs representative at any interview. The Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower protection organization and OSI grantee, came to Hansen's defense by providing legal and media advice. The campaign on Hansen's behalf resulted in a decision by NASA to revisit its media policy." However, the report makes no overt mention of funding (at least none that I can find) however the Government Accountability Project is referred to as an OSI "grantee". This "advice" Hansen got was either donated or paid for.

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