Saturday, December 23, 2006


Fair and Balanced?

A Discovery Institute's Evolution News and Views posting says that "in a welcome turn of events" an article in The Scientist by Ted Agres reports "accurately and fairly" about the Sternberg affair. They approvingly call out this descriptive paragraph from Agres' article:
The Congressional report, prepared by the staff of Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), chairman of the Government Reform subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources and released Dec. 11, supports Sternberg's claims that NMNH supervisors investigated his political and religious beliefs, sought to discredit him, and aimed to force his removal as an RA by creating a "hostile work environment" after the article was published.

All of which quite accurately reflects what's in the staffer's report. Discovery, whose claim that they support fairness and accuracy in media coverage -- much like Fox News' claim to be fair and balanced -- is undercut by the fact that they fail to mention that Agres also reports this:
"... NCSE's Matzke asserted that both investigations were politically motivated, with Souder being "the leading ID supporter in Congress" and OSC chief Scott Bloch having been 'widely criticized for using the OSC office for right-wing culture wars.'"

Agres reports the conflicting claims. Discovery, as always, does not.

The Scientist article also includes a number of links to documents that will be useful for those who want to learn more about the L'Affaire Sternberg.


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