I'm a long-time subscriber to Scientific American, and lately (year or so) I've begun to notice that the magazine has begun to take on a strikingly liberal bent. In the July issue, currently hitting news stands, there's an article on Page 35 called "Undercutting Fairness". Right away the title is a bit of a red flag, but if you go through the article the guy is clearly biased towards on side of the issue. If that issue were scientific in nature, I wouldn't have a problem with it. In fact I think he has some interesting points -- certainly his numbers seem to indicate that at the state and local level taxation is slanted in favor of the wealthy. We've been hearing a lot lately about how the *Federal* tax system is heavily in favor of the poor (clearly the author is aware of this, referring to that as "progressiveness" in his opening paragraph), and it's interesting if that's not reflected at the state and local level when taking all taxation into account. Interesting, yes. But is it science? Last month SciAm, one of the great historical bastions of scientific reporting, ran an editorial entitled "Bush League Lysenkoism", ripping the administration for its position on stem-cell research. Here I don't have a problem -- in fact I expect SciAm to take an editorial position and they clearly marked this as editorial. They may even have a valid point. But I wonder if this indicates a definitive bias on the part of the magazine when it comes to reporting scientific *news*.