This one is about a silly little post that just appeared on the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
It’s titled Reuters Gets It Wrong: Intelligent Design Isn’t Creationism. You know from the title what it’s all about, but we’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Reuters made a basic mistake in their recent coverage of the Texas brouhaha over evolution education: they conflated intelligent design and creationism. To wit:
[Warning, this is a creationist quote and we haven’t checked it:] Intelligent design and creationism are theories that life on earth was created essentially the way it is described in the Bible’s Book of Genesis – not by evolution, but by a ‘creative intelligence’ generally considered to be the Christian God.
Almost three years ago we wrote about a similar incident: “Don’t Call Us Creationists!” — that one involved Casey’s complaining when Tom Brokaw made the same “mistake.” And yet, after all their propaganda about the “scientific theory” of intelligent design, news people still think the Discoveroids are a pack of flaming creationists. This is an outrage! Let’s read on:
The plain fact of the matter is that intelligent design, unlike creationism, has nothing to do with Genesis and everything to do with what the scientific evidence tells us.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We continue:
[T]he defining feature of intelligent design … is merely the claim that certain features of our universe and living things are best explained as the result of design rather than blind, unguided processes such as Darwinian evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No creationism there! Here’s more:
In order to set the record straight, we contacted Reuters and asked for a correction. They responded by saying they didn’t think the “issues” we brought up “merited a correction for the story,” but they thanked us for the helpful “background information” (also known as “research the reporter should have done”).
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! In other words: “Buzz off, creationists!” Here’s the end of the Discoveroid post:
Reuters should take note: Misreporting an issue by misdefining your terms misses the picture — and undermines your credibility as an objective outlet doing serious journalism.
Don’t you love it? A Discoveroid is warning someone else that misreporting undermines credibility. Wait — what’s that noise? Oh, it’s the sound of thousands of irony meters simultaneously exploding.
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