Tuesday, November 20, 2007

PBS Shame: Hatchet Job - NOVA's Dishonest Assault On ID

Martin Cothran had this to say about the PBS NOVA show "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design":
Important distinctions were repeatedly glossed over in the course of the clumsy mischaracterizations. In a sort of scientistic mantra the narrator kept repeating that Intelligent Design was just another version of creationism, despite the fact that its most famous adherent, Michael Behe, does not dispute common descent--nor do some other proponents of ID.

In fact, there was not a single accurate explanation of Intelligent Design in the course of the entire program.

But the most blatant evidence of the lack of balance in the program was when it went into a long and involved presentation of the Darwinist position uninterrupted by any refutation from anyone on the Intelligent Design side, while every assertion of Intelligent Design was accompanied by a swift refutation from an advocate of Darwinism.

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If the advocates of Darwinism cannot be trusted to follow the canons of journalistic integrity, then how can we trust them to follow the canons of scientific integrity? If, when we can catch them at it, we find distortions, half-truths, and outright fallacies, what are we to believe about them when we can't catch them? If they lie when they speak about what can be publicly known, how do we know they are telling the truth about what they have found in the privacy of their laboratories?


At November 22, 2007 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're just mad because ID is a losing battle.

At November 22, 2007 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should not be surprising to you that the PBS show cast ID in a negative light. The program was not dealing with ID per se. It was about a trial in which ID demonstrated itself to be pseudoscience wrapped in dishonesty.

Rather than whine about the lack of respect for ID, someone should try to come up with an actual Theory based on evidence rather than dogma.


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