A NY Times book review by a Harvard history professor is setting an ideological slant to the mainstream media spin on the Apollo-11 50th anniversary.
Here's the piece:
Here are excerpts and my comments:
"The footprints are still there, the striped tread of Neil Armstrong’s boots, caked into dust. ... This summer marks half a century since Armstrong
first walked on the moon,..." Uh, aren't you guys overlooking somebody? Buzz who?
"“That’s one small step for man,” Armstrong said, immortally, as he stepped off the ladder of the Lunar Module" -- Another moron writer.
Armstrong was already off the ladder, he stepped off the footpad as he referred to his 'small step'.
"Fifty years later, floods made more frequent by the changing of the climate have begun to wash away the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, from which
Apollo 11 was launched ..., and hurricanes worsened by the rising of the seas threaten the site of Apollo 11’s mission control, the Johnson Space
Center in Texas. " -- Uh, if true, why hasn't the NY Times already reported it?
Professor Lepore refers to " the record-breaking pilot Jerrie Cobb, who in 1961 became the first of 13 women to qualify to become an astronaut. NASA
refused to allow them to fly,... She died this spring, at the age of 88. Her footprints are not on the moon."
FACTS: She never qualified. NASA had NO influence in her not flying.
This is fake history of the most irresponsibly inflammatory sort.
Next, the Harvard history professor writes: "Edward Dwight ...became the first black Air Force pilot to be trained at the Aerospace Research Pilot
School at Edwards Air Force Base. But... he was all but forced out by his commander, Chuck Yeager, who instructed the other trainees not to speak to
FACT: Dwight completed both test pilot courses. He was assigned to a top flight testing job for the US bomber team.
HE WAS NOT FORCED OUT. He was on the USAF list of candidates for the next astronaut selection, and like 3/4 of them, Dwight was not picked by NASA.
The claim about Yeager is fourth-hand gossip contradicted by all other witnesses at the school.
NOT mentioned are few additional complaints from Dwight that provide calibration of this Yeager accusation.
Dwight's other accusations included Yeager's allegedly diabolical scheme to sabotage Dwight's school performance by fiendishly acquiescing to his
request for weekends off so he could fly around the country giving speeches, while the other students were allowed extra flying and study time.
Dwight's autobiography also suggestd Yeager had hired male and female prostitutes to approach Dwight at hotel bars while he was on his speaking tours
[and not studying], in an attempt to get blackmail photos.
There's a lot more anti-factual fake history in the article. I expect to see these bogus claims all over the media in the coming weeks, and I'd
appreciate anybody else coming across them, to report them here.
edit on 15-6-2019 by JimOberg because: adds