Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called out acidic Conservative radio host Neal Larson. It was so brutal that Larson quit his column for an Idaho newspaper, the Daily Kos reports.
Larson penned a column, “Neil deGrasse Tyson is a horse’s astrophysicist” but as he says in his farewell piece, he “sloppily and irresponsibly referenced a fake news story from a fake news site.”
Larson did the right thing and apologized publicly and to Tyson “for using the story and mischaracterizing him as an atheist” and he admits that he “was the horse’s ass.”
To his credit, Larson’s apology is probably one of the better ones you’ll ever read.
“The instant it was picked up nationally, I was checkmated,” Larson wrote in his last column for the Twin Falls Times-News.
“I had no recourse, no comparable media platform at my disposal. It was as terrible and as helpless as you can imagine. Even more disappointing, a few people that I honestly thought were friends, shared online my unfortunate story with glee,” he continued.
Larson accused Tyson of something that never happened.
Larson ran afoul of the astrophysicist and Cosmos host last week when he accused deGrasse Tyson of insulting a 9-year-old girl on Twitter.
Unfortunately for Larson, his premise was based on a story in the satirical website Clickhole. Even worse, deGrasse Tyson commented on the article and thoroughly debunked his column.
“You abrogated your journalistic integrity by not verifying what you read in somebody else’s article, before using it as a foundational pillar in yours,” deGrasse Tyson wrote in response.
While Larson apologized to Dr. Tyson, he owes more apologies to others he has demeaned.
As the Daily Kos points out, it was just two weeks ago that he wrote, “the LGBT community — true victims for so long — raced right past “equality” and in some circles is enjoying a status now of supremacy.”
Larson also wrote that “Donald Trump is an alpha-male, which tends to make a better president in terms of leadership.”
Yay, there’s more:
There’s a good reason why Washington’s NFL team has chosen as its icon the proud and brave Native American — as opposed to a millennial with a man-bun scrambling for a safe space, or a screaming Black Lives Matter activist, or a finger-snapping drag queen. One has a heritage of honor and bravery, and the others, um, don’t.
Well since Larson is concerned about “alpha-males,” we’re sure he’s sad that Dr. Tyson just made him look like a beta-male.
Really, Mr. Larson, you could have simply looked at Dr. Tyson’s Twitter account to see that the story was false.
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