I feel like Wonkette: a reader sent along a bit of personal commentary about Deutsch, from someone who knew him at Texas A&M. It’s gossip, nothing more, so take it or leave it.
Well, of course, the Batt [the Aggie school paper, The Battalion] is not the Times, so there was nothing in
today’s issue. However — you will love this! talk about your “Aggie
Network”… — sitting across the hall from me even as I write is a
former editor of said rag.
According to XXXXX this guy “gives Republicans a bad name”. A
friend of hers used to date him. XXXXX called him “a stereotype
Young Republican”, and described him as very over the top; very
“histrionic” in all his reactions. He objected once to a joke told
by a female coworker at the Batt; his reaction was “if you weren’t a
girl, I would smash your face in”.
XXXXX also knows the Nick Anthis mentioned in the article. He is a
Rhodes scholar who also used to work on the Batt. She said she was
not surprised that he would be the one to ferret out this information.
XXXXX can’t believe this. She was invited to, but did not attend,
the Deutsch’s graduation party, which he apparently threw for
himself. She started an email to the current Batt editor as I left
George Deutsch may have been a jerk, but he was loyal to George W. Bush. That’s got to count for something, right?
(I won’t post just any random scurrilous factoid sent to me, but in this case I know the source and consider it reliable.)
Be careful. Gossip tends to create uncontrollable monsters.
Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says
She was invited to, but did not attend, the Deutsch’s graduation party, which he apparently threw for himself
He didn’t actually graduate, but he went ahead and had a party for it. How sad.
Sometimes I think I’m going to have to move to Europe. I’m absolutely horrified by the kind of people that are loyal to Bush, and as we all have heard patriotism=loyalty to Bush.
Democrats need to stand-up and say “We’re not going to take this!” There should be a convention where the Democrats list all the crap Bush has sprayed all over the country, and the plan they (the Democrats) have to clean it up. Restore the faith of the people who vote for them.
Try googling “deutsch cia”.
I was wondering whether or not George is related to the former CIA Director?
ER, the former CIA director is the current President’s dad, the previous President Bush.
george cauldron says
I think Deutsch is this year’s Jeff Gannon.
Wait for him to start his own blog that no one visits.
The Commissar says
Milo Johnson says
You feel like Wonkette? Is your butt sore?
Kai-Mikael Jï¿½ï¿½-Aro says
I don’t know the traditions at TAMU, but it was/is not entirely uncommon at my alma mater that people have graduation parties when the finishing line is in sight and then for various reasons (typically because of work) never actually end up taking that last exam or whatever. So, let’s stick to the actual reprehensible acts of attempted censorship by Mr Deutsch, rather than arbitrary jabs at whatever can be interpreted as not on the rulerstraight and razornarrow…
Paul Riddell says
Considering some of the garbage articles I’ve picked off UPI as of late, I suspect that he has a great career ahead of him as a UPI science columnist if the political thing doesn’t work for him. Either that, or we can all chip in to give him a tax-free grant paying him to drink himself to death…
Jayme Lynn Blaschke says
Speaking as a Texas A&M journalism grad (unlike Deutsch, I’m looking at my diploma right now) *and* as a former Batt editor, I feel I know Deutsch’s type very well. Each semester the opinion desk would have one ultra-conservative columnist (re: Deutsch), one wacked-out leftist (re: Irwin Tang) and two outrageous Dave Barry wannabes (re: Stacy Feducia). Interestingly enough, the majority of columnists at the Batt were rarely interested in journalism as careers. Often they were polysci or business majors, which actually makes Deutsch something of an odd bird.
Of course, that’s neither here nor there. Everyone *really* wanted to work on the sports desk.
Roger Tang says
ars technica has some followup on lil George:
I work for a complany that does work for NOAA. Just got this e-mail from the top a few minutes ago. Thought it might be good to post here:
There have been several print and internet articles recently that have tried to make a case that NOAA scientists are being muzzled. For example, a few recent media reports have (incorrectly) asserted that some NOAA scientists have been discouraged from commenting on the question of whether human caused global warming may be influencing the number or intensity of hurricanes. Let me state in the most direct terms that I am a strong believer in open, peer reviewed science as well as the right and duty of scientists to seek the truth and to provide the best scientific advice possible. When I answer questions on NOAA missions, my answers are formed on the basis of the scientific papers that I have personally read, or have been informed by you in the course of NOAA business.
Peer reviewed science speaks for itself and doesn’t need me or anyone else to interpret or modify the results. For those of you who know me personally, you realize that I encourage and actively pursue vigorous debate on all topics, particularly including science related to NOAA’s mission. The purpose is to get as close to the truth and the facts as possible. I expect my management team to adhere to this policy of scientific openness as well.
Our media standards also reflect an open policy. We encourage our public affairs staff to keep abreast of media interests. I encourage our scientists to speak freely and openly. Dozens of you every day are talking to the media and providing the results of peer reviewed science across a wide variety of NOAA topics. We ask only that you specify when you are communicating personal views and when you are characterizing your work as part of your specific contribution to NOAA’s mission. Also, I ask that you respect, and seek to understand, each other’s work within NOAA. We have many disciplines and centers of excellence within NOAA, all contributing substantially to the body of earth science knowledge. Be tolerant of each other as would your colleagues around the nation and the world. “One NOAA” should apply to our work as scientists as well as our management structure!
conrad lautenbacher signiture
Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr.
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
Here’s an interesting little tidbit about NASA’s “unwritten rules” that require “political savvy,” straight from a NASA publication. (Well, straight from via NASAwatch…)
Republic of Palau says
A George C. Deutsch Sr is listed in 1969-1978 NASA Programs & Projects list as ‘Director, Materials and Structures Div.’
Could they, by any chance, be related?
george cauldron says
Ah, so Georgie Jr. is a ‘legacy’!
Explains a lot, since he’s too young to be a major donor to the GOP or a drinking buddy of one.