Human Exceptionalism

Jonathan Alter Gets it Wrong

Jonathan Alter goes after Bush’s veto of the ESCR funding expansion bill in this Newsweek column. But he is ignorant about the actual policy, as demonstrated by this line, “No lab that receives federal financing can take part in embryonic-stem-cell research.”

This isn’t true, of course. Indeed, in 2005, the Feds doled out $50 million for human ESCR. But we wouldn’t want to confuse Alter. It makes him feel good to bash Bush and apparently he doesn’t care enough as a journalist to learn the real facts.