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.
The alleged illness is Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), and the beneficiary of Hutchinson's taxpayer-funded largess is University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center epidemiologist Dr. Robert Haley.
Since returning from my embed in the wild west Iraqi city of Ramadi at the end of April, I've gotten some wonderful e-mails from relatives of the troops, some of which I'd like to share.
After the hard-fought Battle of Fallujah in November 2004, is the enemy slowly taking back the area? Is beating off enemy attacks somehow better than not having them at all?
There’s bad news and there’s more bad news for paralysis victims hoping that some variety of stem cell will soon help them walk again.
At least 1 of every 100 Americans has epilepsy, a disturbance in the brain’s electrical activity causing recurrent seizures. These may be as mild as twitching fingers or as severe as violent muscle contractions causing unconsciousness. But we’ve come a long way since the disorder was considered demonic possession, and doctors have a slew of medicines that often keep the disorder in check.
Just as the controversy over the Danish newspaper cartoons of Mohammed seems to be waning overseas, it’s heating up here.
Last May, a Korean report in Science magazine prompted headlines around the world by declaring it had made tremendous advances in the heretofore disappointing field of embryonic stem cell (ES cell) research. It has now prompted much soul-searching in media land. “How could we have been fooled?” reporters are asking themselves in print.
It’s a testament to something – well – not good, that 19 years after I first started debunking the “we’re all at risk” theory of HIV/AIDS there are still those who insist that contagious diseases must follow political ideologies. And they’re not shy about fabricating numbers to shoehorn them into the politically correct fit.
Last month I wrote of how I lost my column with Scripps Howard as part of a plan that began with an Enemies List given to sympathetic reporters. The list was intended to systematically eliminate conservative writers and even institutions, since they couldn’t be beaten with facts.
Time was when the mention of Louisiana’s culinary delights brought to mind such fare as the “jambalaya, a-crawfish pie and-a fillet [a] gumbo” that Hank Williams sang of. But if you believe the media and environmentalists, after Hurricane Katrina hit in August it seemed the only item on the menu was “toxic soup.”
Thirteen years ago, writing in Investor's Business Daily, I was the first reporter in the country to present evidence that cell phones have no link to brain cancer in direct contrast to numerous television and radio shows, and hundreds of related articles in the U.S. and worldwide.
Oh, no! Yet another writer has been swept up in a "pay-for-play" scandal, and again, a right-of-center one. "A Columnist Paid by Monsanto," declared the headline of a Business Week "news analysis."
Unless you’ve been reading the obituaries in recent days you’ve probably never heard of Hugh Thompson Jr.
Both in terms of consumption and variety, biotech is busting out all over – and we’re reaping a host of benefits from cheaper and better food to land and forest preservation.
Feathers are flying anew over so-called “bird flu.” Researchers have reported that four Vietnamese patients suffering from it and treated with an antiviral drug have died.
Do you think manmade global warming threatens the planet? Or that it’s little more than an environmentalist sham? Either way it’s time to realize that the celebrated Kyoto Protocol – long touted by the greens as essential to preventing ecological disaster – isn’t just dying, it’s decomposing. It’s time for something new.
Everybody's talking about it, but few seem to realize how exquisite a maneuver reducing U.S forces in Iraq is – unless you just want to cut and run...
There is no commercially available vaccine for avian influenza type H5N1, but we're getting close.
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” But how about “Fool me always?” That’s the mainstream media’s relationship with self-styled “environmental” and “consumer” activist groups.
Time again to try to cripple U.S. military efforts in Iraq! It's not enough that whenever we bomb a terrorist safe house we're accused of killing 40 civilians and no terrorists.