Wikipedia defines Fake news as:
a type of hoax or deliberate spread of misinformation, be it via the traditional news media or via social media, with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically.
As we’ve reported recently, creationists have been attempting to use the phenomenon to their advantage — see Klinghoffer Says Evolution Is ‘Fake News’, followed not long thereafter by Ken Ham Is a Victim of ‘Fake News’.
Now we have a new development, reported by the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their headline is ICR Falsely Placed on False News List, written by Brian Thomas. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A Harvard library website that offers ways to spot “fake news” links to a non-Harvard Google doc with “Tips for analyzing news sources.” The doc lists hundreds of “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical ‘News’ Sources,” and as of this writing the list includes the Institute for Creation Research.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then he says:
As soon as we learned of it, we contacted the assistant professor behind the list, a Harvard journalism web resource that linked to the list, and the Harvard library that also linked to the list. Our respectful requests for removal from the list — after all, ICR.org does not report false news, misleading news, clickbait, or satire — brought a variety of results.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Can you imagine the reaction of the fake news list folks at Harvard? Well, what were the results of ICR’s protest? Brian tells us:
After our request, the list manager specified ICR.org as “junksci,” as though ICR purveys junk science. Junk science describes conclusive-sounding statements with no support from experiment or observation. Examples of junk science include flat earth theories, manipulated climate reports, and a variety of unproven health-related claims.
“Junksci” — that’s beautiful! Brian continues:
ICR actually tries to expose some junk science. … ICR.org contains thousands of science articles that painstakingly reference original technical science sources. … Should those who read the “fake” list consider the hundreds of secular science journals that our articles reference as junk, too?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If a creationist website quote-mines or otherwise misrepresents the actual research reported in a legitimate science journal, should the science journal also be considered junk? Let’s read on:
ICR.org clearly and repeatedly promotes and describes good, referenced science. So, why are we on this “false” list? What’s really going on?
Why is ICR on the junk list? It’s so unfair! Another excerpt:
Our scientists believe the Bible. When we report on the good science behind stunning ingenuity in DNA repair enzymes, for example, we feel free to credit the Creator. When we report on the good science behind preservation of short-lived tissues still persisting in dinosaur and other fossils, we feel free to include the Bible’s recent Flood as a reasonable explanation. Today’s anti-Creator, anti-Bible attitudes clearly clash with this biblical history.
The way Brian explains it, the creation scientists at ICR are the good guys. Here’s how the article ends:
We challenge readers to search for legitimate junk on ICR.org, having confidence that peering into ICR.org’s nearly half-century worth of content similarly reveals a long trend of good science — conclusions based on experimental results and reliable eyewitnesses.
Okay, dear reader, you’ve been challenged. Can you find any “legitimate junk” on the ICR website? Well, can you?
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