Michael Fumento is an author, journalist, and attorney specializing in science and health issues. He is a regular contributor to Townhall.com, and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree while serving in the Army, where he achieved the rank of sergeant. In 1985 he was graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.
He has been a legal writer for the Washington Times, editorial writer for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and was the first "National Issues" reporter for Investor's Business Daily. In 2005 he reported from Iraq as an embed with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah.
Mr. Fumento was the 1994 Warren T. Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., a fellow with Consumer Alert in Washington, D.C., and a science correspondent for Reason magazine.
Mr. Fumento was a nominee for the prestigious National Magazine Award. His articles have appeared around the world, including Readers' Digest, The Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, The New Republic, USA Weekend, The Washington Monthly, Reason, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Policy Review, The Bulletin (Australia), BioScience News & Advocate (New Zealand), and The American Spectator. He's published in such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, The Sunday Times of London, The Sunday Telegraph of London, the Jerusalem Post, the Apple Daily (Hong Kong), the Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, Washington Times, and the Chicago Tribune.
His television appearances include Nightline; ABC World News; ABC News 20/20; numerous programs on CBS; NBC; CNN; and Fox; PBS; MacNeil-Lehrer; CNBC; the BBC; the Canadian Broadcasting Network; C-SPAN; the Christian Broadcasting Network; Donahue; This Week with David Brinkley, ESPN, and many others.
Mr. Fumento has lectured on science and health issues throughout the nation and the world, including Great Britain, France, the Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, China, and South America. He has authored five books:
Michael Fumento lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two cats.
That's right: The great American swine flu epidemic - which led to two proclaimed national emergencies and thousands of spooky news stories - has ended with a whimper.
It's folly to think you can solve a problem caused partly by crying wolf simply by crying wolf even louder.
“In keeping with the administration’s proactive approach” to swine flu, the White House has announced, President Obama on Saturday declared the disease “a national emergency.” It’s the second such declaration, with the first in late April.
There was never doubt that whenever the economy began turning around the Obama administration, and especially the $787 billion stimulus package, would get the credit. “Absolutely” the stimulus package was working, Christina D. Romer, Chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, insisted in an August 6 address to the Economic Club of Washington D.C. Yet she accompanied that talk with contradictory evidence – which is about par considering that since joined the administration Ms. Romer has herself become a contradiction.
"Realism is the special effect"
“U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die.”
An age of medical miracles is dawning. Obama administration federal funding rules for embryonic stem cells, or ES cells, will open wide the money floodgates for "the most remarkable potential of any scientific discovery ever made with respect to human health." It has "the capacity to cure maladies of all sorts, including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's," and spinal cord injuries. Or so says Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) among others.
Although the “worried well” are still swamping emergency rooms, our pig flu is appearing to be a piglet.
There's absolute panic over an outbreak of swine flu. "Projections are that this virus will kill 1 million Americans," the nation's top health official has warned.
The F-22 Raptor is “the most capable multirole combat aircraft in production today,” according to the think tank Air Power Australia.
The cover of Time magazine has Barack Obama photoshopped into Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous convertible, complete with oval-shaped glasses and cigarette holder held between the teeth.
Grant the anti-childhood vaccine fanatics this; they are dogged. No amount of data and no number of studies from any array of sources will sway them from their beliefs.
The UN AIDS program has issued its annual report in which, finally, it doesn’t say how many more current HIV infections there are this year. Instead it drops the figure by over six million from its 2006 estimate – from 39.5 million to 33.2 million.
Mass hysteria is a poor method for allocating medical research resources. Surely we all agree on that in principle. But when it concerns any given hysteria, principle flies out the window.
New scientific discoveries keep eating away at the prophecy that “bird flu,” avian influenza type H5N1, will become readily transmissible from human to human and unleash a disastrous pandemic. This leaves little but rhetoric to counter the reality, such as massive death estimates.
To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.” So observed Benjamin Franklin centuries ago. But Franklin didn’t comment on whether food intake restriction worked by keeping people thin or by making them thin. Indeed, it’s become a mantra of the “size acceptance” groups that there’s no scientific evidence that losing weight increases longevity. And it’s been true – until now.
In retrospect, you knew there would be trouble when you put the people responsible for the Space Shuttle program in charge of tracking U.S. temperatures. So perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a big surprise when it was revealed that NASA committed a bit of an oopsie regarding data constantly used by the mainstream media and other global warming proponents.
What makes you fat? Eating cheesy-poofs while watching Seinfeld reruns? Wolfing down a Wendy's "Baconator," a double cheeseburger with six strips of bacon that could feed everyone in Darfur for a week? How about when you get the urge to exercise you lie down until it goes away, as one CEO famously put it?
It’s time to negotiate with the Taliban says Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. Canada is one of our top Afghanistan allies and almost two-thirds of Canadians in a May poll think we should parlay with the Taliban.