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Cavuto Falsely Says Obama Plans To Cut NASA Budget

Reported by Guest Blogger - April 19, 2010 -

Co-authored by Brian

On Thursday’s (4/15/10) Your World, broadcast from a tea party rally, Cavuto brought on Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, to criticize President Obama’s NASA plan. Cavuto began by echoing one of the distortions put forth by Fox & Friends earlier that day: that Obama plans to cut NASA's budget. With video.

President Obama has proposed a $6 billion increase in NASA’s budget over five years. As Media Matters described it, “Obama's plan promotes manned spaceflight through private companies… According to the administration, this policy will ‘help reduce the cost of human access to space.’ After conducting an independent review of the U.S. human spaceflight program, a blue-ribbon panel concluded in 2009 that establishing ‘commercial opportunities could increase launch volume and potentially lower costs to NASA and all other launch-services customers.’" But Cavuto, who usually complains about too much government spending painted the plan as some kind of cut to NASA. “That's the one area where we're cutting where we shouldn't right?" he asked Cernan.

At least Cernan didn’t go along with the falsehood. But he didn’t correct it, either. “We're going to throw a half a century of that (space exploration) down the tubes and start over," Cernan said. He sounded like Beck as he continued, "We’re going to ‘transform’ the country, we’re going to ‘transform’ NASA. And I'm not on board with that transformation." He called the budget a "vision to nowhere,” and claimed, “There's no real destination." Cernan wrote a letter, along with Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, protesting the plan. "We're just like the Tea Party members,” he said. He went on to claim that “ about 95% of my colleagues feel the same way.”

Well, not Buzz Aldrin, as Fox & Friends falsely claimed. He has strongly endorsed Obama’s plan. But I don’t expect to see him saying that or discussing the Blue Ribbon Panel's conclusions on Cavuto any time soon.

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