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My time on FOX News

A scientist defends his stimulus-funded project to preserve a large arthropod collection to Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity

Anthony I. Cognato
March 8, 2010, was my national television debut on FOX News. I didn't initially realize that it was __the__ FOX News when an assistant producer contacted me for an interview concerning a National Science Foundation linkurl:grant;http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0844133 worth about $187,000 that we received to renovate Michigan State University's entomology collection. At first, I thought our local FOX affiliate, a little slow to report on this almost year-old grant, was contacting me. But subsequent phone conversations revealed that it was the National FOX channel, home to Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, knocking on my door. An assistant producer named Lauren and Tucker Carlson, a correspondent, would make the trip from New York to East Lansing that same evening.So I had a day's notice that I was scheduled to appear on Hannity's Wasted: 102, a special FOX News program about grants and projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (i.e., stimulus...

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