New York Times movie critic Andy Webster made the new documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy a “Critics Pick,” and the online headline sold it hard: “‘Bill Nye: Science Guy,’ a Portrait of a Fighter for Facts.” A photo caption gushed: “Bill Nye has a new mission: challenging climate-change deniers.” With jail time, apparently, though the Times doesn’t get into that:
In the film “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” Mr. Nye, the 1990s children’s-television personality with the signature bow tie, warns of “an anti-science movement” afoot in this country. And this delightful, revealing documentary, directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, offers evidence supporting that assessment.
Mr. Nye, who left his Emmy-winning series after around 100 episodes, has embraced a new mission: educating an older generation as he champions space exploration and challenges creationists and climate-change deniers.
In TV clips, Sarah Palin impugns Mr. Nye’s credentials...
What credentials? Nye’s engineering degree? His past as a children’s-TV show host? His honorary degrees?
Webster's fan note didn’t bother making a single nod toward balance:
The documentary...accompanies Mr. Nye to Greenland, where he witnesses melting ice caps and ice-core studies revealing climate temperatures of centuries past and our fossil-fuel-poisoned present.
Most inspiring, it finds him at a conference of adoring science teachers, who applaud him as a defender of all they hold dear.
Nye is in fact a liberal climate-change propagandist who lacks a science degree (very important for the credentialist-obsessed left) who has implied that people he disagrees with on global warming issues should be charged with crimes.
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Webster also skipped Nye’s recent Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World, with immature skits that mortified even his usual left-wing fans. Also nothing on the stealth editing of the rerelease of one of the so-called science guy’s old show clips from 1996, to make it more in line not with new science, but with politically correct, if scientifically ignorant, transgender activism.