William Saletan is Slate’s resident science writer, and his long time hobby has been chiding liberals for what he’d probably call elitism. He’s not a conservative writer, rather he’s one of these people who seeks to demonstrate his wisdom by widening his perspective and trying to argue that people on all sides commit the same sins. He’s spent a lot of time writing about abortion in exactly this way.
A couple of weeks ago, Saletan started a new series discussing the idea that there really are hereditary differences in IQ that correlate with race and that liberals who refuse to accept it are just like creationists, dismissing science that doesn’t fit their belief system. Never mind that his comparison was completely fallacious. There is plenty of legitimate scientific research out there which contradicts his claims on IQ and race. His bigger problem is that the “facts” on which he relies are the product of junk science being pushed by white supremacists.
Today Slate runs a piece by Stephen Metcalf which utterly demolishes Saletan’s claims, and exposes the studies he cites as the pseudoscientific, racist tracts that they are. I don’t think that Saletan needs to be hung in the public square, but his eagerness to service his ongoing conceit trumped his duty to investigate and report the facts, and it’s time for him to go.