Cal State Professor: Trump’s Climate Views Disqualify Him From Using Twitter

One liberal academic argued for censorship of politicians who dissent from liberal orthodoxy on climate change.

History professor at California State University, Sacramento Joseph A. Palermo argued President-Elect Donald Trump should not be able to use Twitter.

Trump’s view on “the science of climate change,” according to Palermo, disqualified him from using “the science of the Internet,” along with many other things.

“I’ve always believed that people who dismiss science in one area shouldn’t be able to benefit from science in others,” he said on the Huffington Post on Dec. 27.

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By that logic, Palermo also said the next leader of the free world shouldn’t be able to use “the science of global positioning” for drones or “the science of nuclear power” for weapons.

In 2009, Palermo argued for “all sorts of reforms” by the federal government that he said would “open up the nation’s political discourse.” Ironically, he argued for opening up discourse in order to keep former George W. Bush administration officials off television.

“Such reforms would make it more difficult for networks to shove people like [Dick] Cheney, [Karl] Rove, and [Ari] Fleischer down our throats because enhanced competition would mean that rivals might be broadcasting more attractive fare,” Palermo wrote.

Sam Dorman
Sam Dorman
Sam Dorman was a staff writer and research analyst for MRC's Business Media Institute.