Apparently I missed this particlar "national media firestorm," but hey, I'll link to anything that reinforces once again just how viciously crazy this crypto-creationist bunch can be. Now they're accusing a respectable ecologist of advocating planetary genocide by airborne Ebola. (These people seriously need to get out more, and try reading fewer pulp thrillers. Yes, this is me advocating that certain people read less. They clearly can't handle it.)
Anyhow, Nick Matzke summarizes and debunks nicely at Panda's Thumb. All kidding aside, get used to this extended McCarthyite moment. As PZ rightly notes, so long as the extreme right is in power, it's going to be increasingly the case that academic is the new commie.