Friday, January 20, 2006


Killing the Messenger

If a teacher gave every student in her class an "F" for the semester, and those students had good grades in all their other classes, who would we blame, the students or the teacher?

As the Seattle-based intelligent design think tank, Discovery Institute, noted yesterday (again), on its Evolution News and Views blog, their "science education policy stance is often misconstrued, or just outright made up out of whole cloth in various articles, news reports and opinion pieces."

"The misreporting of the evolution issue," which Discovery characterizes as, "sloppy, inaccurate, and in some cases, overtly biased" is a key reason they publish their News and Views blog.

If professional journalists of many ages, races, and sexes, working in a number of mediums, from many news outlets, in many parts of the world, consistently misconstrue intelligent design, whose fault is that?

And, if college-educated adults can't make heads or tails of intelligent design, what can we expect from 10th-grade biology students?


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