On political subjects especially, they just mindlessly recite what they have been told.
Just today, I see Scott Aaronson and Peter Woit urging votes against Donald Trump.
There’s little evidence Trump has fixed views on any policy issue ...Trump is hated for his views. If you do not know what they are, then you are not paying attention.
Most damaging though is the behavior of the mainstream media, in particular that of the New York Times, whose coverage of this issue has been atrociously unfair to Clinton.
I read the NY Times, and it prints crazy attacks on Trump every day. It might call him a Nazi, or complain that he refuses to concede the election, or bring up a recording of a private conversation 20 years ago where he uses the word f*ck, or some such nonsense.
The stories about Hillary Clinton have a direct bearing on her corruption and bad judgment in public office.
Hardly anyone can even make an argument for Clinton without mentioning Trump. 70 Nobel prize (and Bank of Sweden prize) winners attempted:
To preserve our freedoms, protect our constitutional government, safeguard our national security, and ensure that all members of our nation will be able to work together for a better future, it is imperative that Hillary Clinton be elected as the next President of the United States. ...Really? These are not reasons that would persuade anyone. Clinton and Trump hardly have any differences in science and technology policy.
We need a President who will support and advance policies that will enable science and technology to flourish in our country and to provide the basis of important policy decisions.
Obviously the Nobel and economics prize winners are not telling us their real reasons.
Hardly anyone is able to explain some agreement with some actual Clinton policy or decision.
I remember in 2008, all these brilliant scientists told us that we had to elect Barack Obama because he was going to fund stem-cell research that was going to have paralyzed ppl walking again in about 2 years. It was just a big lie. It is now 8 years later, and no medically useful treatments have come out of that research at all.
Update: Lubos Motl piles on. It is funny when his rants make more sense than the opinions of big-shots.