Monthly Archives: April 2004

art bell-The Day After-NASA Release

DRUDGE REPORT NASA FLASH 2004®

NASA CLARIFIES POSITION ON ‘DAY AFTER’
Tue Apr 27 2004 09:43:37 ET

News reports in recent days have suggested that NASA has attempted to “muzzle” researchers from responding to the issues raised in the upcoming movie “The Day After Tomorrow.” To the contrary, NASA expects that as colleagues, we will speak our minds, regardless of whether those views work to the advantage of the agency or not.

Diversity of opinion is a valuable resource and plays an important role as we work to successfully fulfill our mission objectives.

To clarify the specific issue, a number of NASA colleagues assisted with the film’s development. However, we require producers to sign a cooperation agreement before offering any formal advance promotional support. This is a standard agency policy that has successfully worked with other entertainment blockbusters such as “Armageddon” and “Space Cowboys.”

But the producers of “The Day After Tomorrow” have not signed an agreement. As such, NASA does not plan any specific support of this production.

This direction should not be interpreted as an attempt to keep scientists from speaking out on the issue of climate change. We encourage our researchers to openly answer all appropriate questions regarding the science explored in the movie.

–Glenn Mahone
Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs

Ice Age Outrage

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2004®

COMING ‘SUPER STORM: FOX’S CLIMATE-CHANGE MOVIE IRKS BUSH ADMIN; ICE AGE OUTRAGE
Sat Apr 24 2004 10:05:27 Drudge Report

Fed agencies employees not to comment publicly on FOX’s new summer fuss-film THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, a $125 million disaster movie on “global warming.”

The flick, which depicts how accumulating smokestack and tailpipe gases sets off an instant ice age, is set to open on May 28.

Few climate experts think such a prospect is likely, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report on Sunday, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT, but the prospect that moviegoers will be alarmed enough to blame the Bush administration for inattention to climate change has stirred alarm at the space agency.

“No one from NASA is to do interviews or otherwise comment on anything having to do with” the film, said an April 1 message to employees.”