The Corner

Debating DDT

It seems pretty clear both that DDT is an underused weapon against malaria and that DDT boosters have sometimes exaggerated how helpful it can be. (The first of those two points is, one would think, far the more important.) Prospect has unfortunately waded into the debate by smearing the entire campaign to use DDT more extensively as a front for Big Tobacco. Roger Bate, one of the people smeared, sets the record straight in response. It is to Prospect’s limited credit that it ran Bate’s response; read both articles, and I think you’ll agree that it should also run corrections.

P.S. I hope the outlets that trustingly linked to the original Prospect piece–including Salon and The New Republic–will take note of Bate’s response. 

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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