Silliness. The government employs more scientists (and virtue of grants, more academics) than any other single entity in the country. If you want the opinion of the scientific community on something, call for some research papers on the subject.
Experiments Treated as Team Sport
Around the world, scientists are cutting across boundaries of place, organization and technical specialty to conduct ever more ambitious experiments.
Washington reporters tend to be typically the most subject to this instant scorekeeping. This is part of the game of Washington reporting. They're at the bleeding edge of this phenomenon that I think is distressing in terms of the approach of the press to serious questions. Everything is shot through this prism of short-term political calculation as opposed to thinking seriously about stuff. You can't be an expert on every question...
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