We all recall that President Obama pledged to "restore science to its rightful place." Apparently, the "rightful place" is swept under the rug. Consider press coverage of draft reports from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
The AP reports:
The Obama administration blocked efforts by government scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could become and committed other missteps that raised questions about its competence and candor during the crisis, according to a commission appointed by the president to investigate the disaster. . .
Citing interviews with government officials, the report reveals that in late April or early May, the White House budget office denied a request from NOAA to make public its worst-case estimate of how much oil could spew from the blown-out well. . . . [emphasis mine]
Even the New York Times is reporting this one, although it's relegated to the Science Section. Does anybody doubt that if this were the Bush Administration, the story would be Page 1, above-the-fold?