Fumento watch

Michael Fumento has shown up again on the radar, this time on the stem cell debate, once again basing one of his op-ed pieces on a misprepresentation.

In it, Fumento accuses Chris Mooney of making “the illogical argument that since some people prefer adult stem cells for non-scientific reasons, they must therefore have little scientific value.” Once again, thanks to the Internet, you can read Mooney’s Washington Monthly piece yourself and decided whether Fumento has accurately characterized Mooney’s argument. Hint: think straw man. Mooney argues that opponents of embryonic stem cell research have improperly hyped adult stem cells as an alternative. But Mooney never argues that adult stem cells “have little scientific value.” Read it for yourself.