Creationism on Fox News

MOST of you have heard of Ken Ham (“Hambo” to us), and you’re probably aware of — but haven’t visited — his Creation Museum, which was recently built in Petersburg, Kentucky and is said to have cost $27 million. And you all know about Hambo’s hard-core creationist website, Answers in Genesis

We’ve reported before about Hambo’s advertising on Fox News. For example: Creation Museum Commercials on Fox News. Is it a coincidence that Fox occasionally promotes creationist causes?

We just found some kind of blog entry from Hambo trumpeting his latest series of ads on Fox: TV spots for our “IAmNotAshamed.org” campaign. Those ads, according to Hambo, “have been running on the Fox News Channel, including on the popular Glenn Beck program.”

Do these ads have any effect on the editorial content at Fox? Judge for yourselves, as we remind you of some prior instances of creationist programming on Fox.

For example, we once reported about this ghastly episode: Discovery Institute: Casey on Fox & Friends.

As we observed at the time, there was no one to offer any rebuttal to Casey’s presentation.

And here’s the difficult-to-find video of Don McLeroy’s free ride on Fox News. As with Casey’s appearance, there was no one on the other side:

And here’s David Barton on the Huckabee show. Barton is one of the “education experts” relied on by the Texas State Board of Education for revising their history curriculum:

We’ve also posted about other creationism problems at Fox. See: Hey, Glenn Beck!

If Fox News were just some specialty show catering to the tastes of a niche market, like Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, we wouldn’t take any notice. But Fox is an important outlet for news, and they pride themselves in being “Fair and Balanced.” Maybe they think they are being fair. If the place is run by creationists, they wouldn’t see any issue involved when they turn their microphones over to people like McLeroy and Casey. But maybe their judgment is being influenced by advertising revenue from creationists.

We have no idea what goes on behind the scenes at Fox. All we can do is judge them by what we see on the screen. And what we see is creationism.

Update: See Tennessee Book Ban Promoted on Fox & Friends.

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10 responses to “Creationism on Fox News

  1. Cumudgeon: “As we observed at the time, there was no one to offer any rebuttal to Casey’s presentation….there was no one on the other side [of McLeroy]….If Fox News were just some specialty show catering to the tastes of a niche market, like Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, we wouldn’t take any notice. But Fox is an important outlet for news, and they pride themselves in being ‘Fair and Balanced’.”

    That alone makes “Fair and Balanced” a complete lie. And especially outrageous given that the one side they do present demands public schools to “teach the controversy.” Fox News is a perfectly legal place to teach the “controversy”, and it deliberately avoids not just the “controversy” but the one side that has earned the right to be heard, where legal or not!

    Of course the side they do present is more “sensationalist,” so I could understand their attraction to it even if there’s no “revenue from creationists.” Either way, it is morally reprehensible, with or without their phony slogan.

    The irony is that my ideology averages at least as far to the right as theirs. I will copy them and say “Goodbye Fox News. I relegate you to the same trash can as the rest of the liberal media.”

  2. comradebillyboy

    Are some folks just now noticing that what emanates from Fox news is totally subjective, factually unsupportable right wing propaganda. Fox occupies an alternate view of reality for those who are afraid to look at their world objectively.

    That the “Mad Mormon” Glenn Beck and the intellectually challenged Sean Hannity are Fox’s leading lights should tell you something about what Fox values. It isn’t the truth, reason or enlightenment values.

  3. retiredsciguy

    I know this wasn’t Fox News, but years back the Fox Network affiliates aired an absolutely trash piece of TV that attempted to debunk the moon landings. A number of my seventh-grade students at the time were all fired up about it, and that’s all they wanted to talk about in class. They bought it completely, and there was no way they would listen to my explaining the veracity of the Apollo program. I viewed a tape of the program supplied by one of the students, and I couldn’t believe any network would air such a piece of garbage.

    That was the Fox Network; evidently Fox News has the same journalistic ethics.

  4. Glad I’m watching basketball games rather than Fox News nowadays.

  5. What saddens me is that if people weren’t buying this BS, Fox wouldn’t be able to sell it.

  6. I sent the comment above to Fox News, and added that I would again watch their programs if they corrected their unfair, unbalanced pandering to pseudoscience. Until they do, I have more respect for WorldNetDaily than for Fox News. WND may be a radical fundamentalist authoritarian propaganda machine, but at least it doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

  7. Frank J says: “I sent the comment above to Fox News …”

    If you get a personalized response, let us know.

  8. RogerE accurately notes

    What saddens me is that if people weren’t buying this BS, Fox wouldn’t be able to sell it.

    Precisely. I have never quite understood the frequent American plaint (and it comes from both Left and Right) about the secret political agendas of the ‘MSM’, nor the claim that Fox was somehow above that particular fray.

    All commercial media has a simple financial agenda, nothing more (or less) sinister than that: their product just has to sell, or there is no story. Murdoch is a master salesman; until recently, his UK operations (print and broadcast) had no compunction about supporting a Labour government, nor any difficulty (as the prevailing political tide changes) in reverting to support for the Tories. Ideology doesn’t come into it, number of units of advertising sold does.

  9. Curmudgeon: “If you get a personalized response, let us know.”

    I’ll include a copy of that evolution-shattering paper that Ray Martinez has been promising us for years. ;-)

  10. sharethisurlaboutglenbek

    You may appreciate my blog, The Glenn Beck Review.