It makes my blood boil that non-entities like this are promoted at the expense of real scientists and those who could be scientists. BTW, does any black promoted on the basis of being an expert in anything other than being a performing monkey entertainter turn out to be, on closer examination, anything other than a performing monkey entertainer? Any of them?Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American pop-scientist promoted beyond his qualifications, probably due to some combination of his Negro ancestry and his complicity with US government policies.
According to Don Barry, Ph.D. Dept. of Astronomy, Cornell University, in response to whether he was a publishing astrophysicist: "Not since graduate school (he did not successfully progress towards a degree at UT/Austin, and convinced Columbia to give him a second try). Aside from the obligatory papers describing his dissertation, he's got a paper on how to take dome flats, a bizarre paper speculating about an asteroid hitting Uranus, and courtesy mentions *very* late in the author lists of a few big projects in which it is unclear what, if anything, of substance he contributed. No first author papers of any real significance whatsoever. Nor is there any evidence that he has been awarded any telescope time on significant instruments as PI since grad school, despite the incredibly inflated claims in his published CVs. He cozied up to Bush and pushed Bush's version of man to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond, and now gets appointed to just about every high level political advisory board. To an actual astronomer, this is almost beyond inconceivable. It's just bizarre. To answer Delong's question, no: he is not a practicing astrophysicist."