"No one from NASA is to do interviews or otherwise comment on anything having to do with" (this film) read a message sent April 1st to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Any news media wanting to discuss science fiction vs. science fact about climate change will need to seek comment from individuals or organizations not associated with NASA."
The film? The Day After Tomorrow. The source? "HQ," aka The White House. Apparently the tale of global pollution ushering in an instant ice age so rattled the administration that they thought muzzling scientists was the only way to quiet fears about the multitude of (real) effects that are the result of environmental damage.
The New York Times reported that eventually cooler heads prevailed, and there was apparently the first indications of dialectic detente. But the White House, always ready to hide a spilled drink with a handy rug, once again resort to obfuscation rather than simply admitting bad judgement. 'Dana Perino, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which handles policy on environmental issues, said she was "not aware of any White House discussion about this movie with anyone — none at all."'
It all kinda makes you long for the honest and caring administrations of such presidential giants like Morgan Freeman in "Deep Impact," or the man who clearly didn't skip out of National Guard duty, Bill Pullman, from "Independence Day."
But that would be confusing fact with fiction.