In Science Museum Promotes Science — Scandal!, we told you about the Discovery Institute’s absurd and lonely series of posts against the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science because the museum had — gasp! — organized a Darwin Day event in collaboration with pro-science groups (which the Discoveroids describe as atheists), and they did that without even trying to include any groups that would give anti-Darwin talks about intelligent design and creationism.
What an outrage! As we said, it was like organizing an American Fourth of July celebration that failed to include speeches praising the statesmanship of George III. In that post we revealed that the Discoveroid crusade, after being ignored by everyone, had finally attracted the attention of World Magazine — a religious publication that sometimes promotes Discoveroid causes.
Then, in Discovery Institute Jihad against Darwin Day, we told you about the Discoveroids’ desperate attempt to get their followers to disrupt the museum’s telephone and email service by flooding them with complaints. Typical behavior for a think tank on the cutting-edge of science, wouldn’t you say?
Now we can report that the Discoveroids’ hate campaign — which we’re calling a jihad — is gaining even more media coverage, but it’s probably not the kind of mainstream coverage they were hoping for. Because we conduct daily news sweeps, we are able to track the … ah, evolution of their campaign, which we will now describe.
After World Magazine picked up the story, three more “news” organizations have reported it. The first is the Baptist Press, which ran this at their website: Faith slammed at government museum. At the end, they say that they got the story from World Magazine. It’s not original reporting, but hey — it’s something.
The next outfit to jump on the jihad bandwagon was The Christian Post, which describes itself as: “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website and was launched in March 2004, incorporated with the vision of delivering up-to-date news, information, and commentaries relevant to Christians across denominational lines. … The Christian Post presents national and international coverage of current events affecting and involving Christian leaders, church bodies, ministries, mission agencies, schools, businesses, and the general Christian public.”
Their headline is Taxpayer Funds Paid for Anti-Religious, Pro-Atheist ‘Darwin Day,’ Claims Intelligent Design Group. Their account is essentially a copy of what the Discoveroids have been claiming. Their article indicates that Discoveroid blog is their only source of information. There isn’t any hint of independent investigation. Well, they say this:
The Christian Post left a message at the museum but it was not returned by press time.
So they did try to make a phone call. Otherwise, it’s just a repeat of what the Discoveroids say.
And now we come to the third “news” story. With this one, the Discoveroids hit the big time — WorldNetDaily (WND). As you know, WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.
WND’s headline is Faith slammed at government museum. What do they say? They have two paragraphs, and then a link to the rest of the story from which those paragraphs were copied. It’s the one in the Baptist Press, which was copied from World Magazine, which got their story from the Discoveroids.
That’s the tale so far. The Discoveroids’ jihad is starting to catch fire. Now that WND has a blurb about it, there’s no way to predict how far this thing will spread. We won’t be able to keep up with it.
You gotta admire those Discoveroids. They know how to promote a scientific theory. The rest of you should follow their example.
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