Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Mooney and Nisbet in CJR

The cover story of the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review is about the media's egregiously misleading reporting on evolution ID disputes. Its authors are Chris Mooney and Matthew Nisbet. The whole article is excellent. Here's a brief excerpt:

As evolution, driven by such events, shifts out of scientific realms and into political and legal ones, it ceases to be covered by context-oriented science reporters and is instead bounced to political pages, opinion pages, and television news. And all these venues, in their various ways, tend to deemphasize the strong scientific case in favor of evolution and instead lend credence to the notion that a growing “controversy” exists over evolutionary science. This notion may be politically convenient, but it is false.

Well said. Go read the rest.


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