We recently wrote about Casey Luskins’s claim that The Discovery Institute “Forgot” About Kitzmas. In that post we said:
Hey Casey, look at this history of Google searches on intelligent design: Google trends. We suspect that most of the few searches these days are by bloggers like your humble Curmudgeon. It’s not the Kitzmiller case that’s been forgotten, it’s your “theory.”
For your holiday amusement, we’re delighted to report that the Discoveroids’ are still posting strange articles. Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist, has written a great piece (for our purposes) at 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).
Casey’s article is Circumventing the Post-Dover Media Blackout. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and his links omitted. Casey says:
Just before the 2005 Dover case started, the flagship media-insiders journal Columbia Journalism Review, published an article suggesting that the pro-ID viewpoint should not be fairly represented in the news media. The mainstream has dutifully followed those directives.
Hey, Casey — it’s possible that the media aren’t following any directives. They may be merely using their own notions about what’s newsworthy. We’ve noticed that besides a huge decline in the number of news articles about intelligent design, there’s also been a decline in the publication of creationists’ letters-to-the-editor. We don’t see many articles advocating flat earth or moon landing denial either. Could it all be part of the same blackout conspiracy? Let’s read on:
While the mainstream media often censor or distort the pro-intelligent design viewpoint, interest in ID is certainly not waning. Rather, ID proponents have found new ways to successfully advance their message.
We don’t know how “successful” the Discoveroids have been in advancing their war on science, but we’ve noticed that they’re relying on paid press releases to promote their litigation campaign against “viewpoint discrimination,” which has succeeded in extracting a few nuisance settlements; but no legal precedents have emerged from such efforts.
Casey then mentions that the Discoveroids have recently promoted a few creationist-oriented “documentaries,” and he also says:
The ID the Future podcast has some 500,000 downloads per year, and ID blogs such as Evolution News & Views and Uncommon Descent collectively log well over a million visitors a year.
“Collectively”? Big deal. Ken Ham’s operation does better. Even the Curmudgeon’s humble blog, which we don’t promote at all, has had well over a million page-views. Here’s more:
Since Kitzmiller v. Dover, the ID movement has also published a myriad of books expanding the argument for ID and making a significant impact in science and the culture.
Yeah, “significant impact.” Casey then lists some books and articles that Discoveroids and their friends have written, and he concludes with this:
In 2012, Discovery Institute will release the first strictly scientific introductory ID curriculum for private and home school use: Discovering Intelligent Design. More about that in due time.
Ooooooh! Yet another book about nothing, to fill the niche for which Of Pandas and People was intended. We can hardly wait.
Meanwhile, we have some advice for Casey: Except for fanatical advocacy groups that all seem to have “Family” in their names, and the idiot politicians who pander to them, you guys don’t have too many friends. If you ever hope to get favorable media attention, it’s not helping your cause — hopeless as it is — to criticize the media. It’s rather like your long series of articles criticizing Judge Jones. The word gets around, Casey.
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