Perhaps we spoke too soon about CNSNews.com's stabs at balance.
A Jan. 23 CNS article by Kevin Mooney highlighted what he called the "left-wing positions" of the Union of Concerned Scientists, but he does not detail the conservative links of those attacking the UCS, which Mooney describes only as "critics." Among those groups:
- The Capital Research Center, a conservative group best known for its 2004 "study" of Teresa Heinz Kerry's charitable donations, which misleadingly linked Heinz Kerry's donations to the Tides Foundation to allegedly left-wing causes the foundation supports, even though her donations were specifically earmarked for environmental projects that have nothing to do with those political causes.
- The Center for Consumer Freedom, whose projects include a website claiming that trans fats "have been maligned by food police groups and the media," another attacking People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and another website dedicated to attacking Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as "a wealthy animal rights group, not a mainstream health charity."
- The Competitive Enterprise Institute, whose Bureau Crash blog includes the subject category "Smoking is Healthier than Fascism."
- The National Center for Public Policy Research, which is entangled in scandals involving Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay and whose Project 21 black-conservative group propagates the likes of Mychal Massie.
Mooney also made no apparent attempt to contact any UCS official to respond to the claims made by the "critics."