Most of you are aware of Fake news, described by Wikipedia as:
Fake news is a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation in social media or traditional news media with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically. If often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news-stories in order to increase readership and online sharing.
In late 2016 fake news gained notoriety following the uptick in news-content in the Facebook newsfeed, and its prevalence on the micro-blogging site Twitter. With a large portion of Americans using Facebook or Twitter to receive news, in combination with increased political polarization, filter bubbles, the tendency for readers to mainly read headlines – fake news was implicated in influencing the 2016 American presidential election.
A harsh critic might say that the Discovery Institute has always been in the business of generating fake news in order to spread their creationist propaganda, but no one — to our knowledge — has applied that term to them. Perhaps anticipating that such a label is inevitable, the Discoveroids are launching a preemptive strike. They’re flipping the whole thing around to accuse scientists of engaging in the practice.
That’s what we see in their latest post: Theory of Evolution? Call It a “Narrative” Instead, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The whole business about “fake news” misses a point that’s relevant to considering how questions of biological origins are handled in professional science literature. Nate Silver edits the political site [link omitted], but the political context of his remark is irrelevant. He tweets:
[The alleged tweet:] A story can be 100% factually accurate (narrowly true) and yet basically be BS. Many stories driven by “the narrative” have this problem.
So what? Ah, dear reader, you don’t understand how desperate the Discoveroids are to justify their existence. Klinghoffer says:
My read as a science consumer [Hee hee!] is that as in politics, so too in science. Couldn’t, in other words, much the same be said of the conclusions of many a peer-reviewed article on evolution?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Brilliant idea! So Klinghoffer, the “science consumer,” consulted an expert:
I asked Biologic Institute’s Doug Axe, author of [creationist book title].
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Biologic Institute is the Discoveroids’ very own captive research lab, where the work is done and reviewed only by them. This was Axe’s reply:
Yes. Once a view dominates, the distinction between assumption and data is blurred. Whatever you can say without being challenged is “true.”
That’s certainly decisive. Thus fortified, Klinghoffer concludes with this:
The theory of evolution by natural selection operating on random mutations, as a sweeping explanation for life and how it got there, is a “narrative.” It presents a very smooth story, persuasive to most scientists. The facts may all be true, but the conclusion: BS.
So there you are, dear reader. Evolution is fake news. That’s what the Discoveroids say. They would never dabble in anything as shoddy as creating or spreading fake news. That’s the work of naturalists and Darwinists — like you.
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