Boffey, Philip M. "Homeless Plight Angers Scientists," New York Times, 20 September 1988,

 

Boffey, Philip M. "Homeless Plight Angers Scientists," New York Times, 20 September 1988,
pp. 1, B10.

The subtitle for this is "Experts on Panel Protest Curb on Stating Their Views." The key word
here is "curb." The people who were responsible for making the study for the NAS wrote a report
which was rewritten by Frank Press, President of the NAS, and put into what he considered more
apt language. Press found the original language "emotional" and "not in keeping with the
standards of the NAS." So he rewrote their statement and submitted the document in their name!

The protestors put the matter quite distinctly: the official document did not reflect their views.
Press describes their document as "charged with polemical and emotional (statements)."
Apparently, NAS documents are not supposed to be emotional and, if they are, it is subject to
being bowdlerized.

The pretense here is that social science is unemotional, that scientists are not supposed to be
angered and shocked by what they consider a national disgrace.