This was the year creationists discovered the “fake news” issue and attempted to use it in their favor, starting with: Klinghoffer Says Evolution Is ‘Fake News’, followed by Ken Ham Is a Victim of ‘Fake News’, and most recently WND Exposes ‘Fake News’ from NASA.
Today the Discovery Institute is once again using the ‘fake news” label against those of us who understand reality. Their latest at their creationist blog is “Fake News” Isn’t a Phony Concept, as Media and Wikipedia Coverage of Intelligent Design Shows, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
There is an informal, leaderless mob out there that has shown itself perfectly willing to distort the truth about ID and feed that to a trusting general audience. This is important, not less important than anything else in the public square since it bears on the ultimate question of how life itself came to be as it is.
Your Curmudgeon has never distorted the meaning of intelligent design. We always start with the Discoveroids’ own definition of their “theory” — see Discovery Institute: Intelligent Design Redefined. Then Klinghoffer says:
It’s not about so-called “creationism.” [Hee hee!] It’s a controversy that goes back to Plato and Aristotle, in a millennia-long debate with Epicureanism about purpose in the universe.
Yes, good science is always about the purpose of the universe. After that he tells us:
We’ve documented in excruciating detail the axe-grinding and distortions from a wide range of media sources whenever ID or academic freedom come up for coverage. There are a couple of big themes. The fake news equates ID with creationism, and it claims that design proponents seek to teach ID in public schools. We’ve shown again and again that these notions are false. We talk with reporters. Write to them. Argue with them. Many simply refuse to listen, much less correct what they say.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. Klinghoffer continues:
And then there is Wikipedia, which has done more to mislead readers about ID than any other single source. It’s entry on intelligent design opens by calling the theory “pseudoscience,” a “religious argument for the existence of God,” which are all fake charges, and it goes on from there.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
The interesting psychological issue here turns upon the question of whether these people in the media and at Wikipedia are deliberately lying or not. Maybe the critics of the “fake news” concept find it hard to believe that they are, since that would amount to a conspiracy, but a strange one with no leadership or discernible organization. I don’t believe they are lying, though. At least not deliberatively. Instead, on certain ideologically and personally charged subject, people see what they want to see, and you can’t talk them out of it.
Yes, it’s hard to get people to abandon reality and turn instead to Oogity Boogity! Another excerpt:
What drives the self-deception? It’s been called worldview-induced blindness, but it also includes something more personal, the picture of yourself you carry around in your head. Pride very much enters into it. The complex of forces can make it difficult to see things other than how you wish to see them. There’s also an echo chamber dynamic where the memes become self-reinforcing. The result is fake news.
And it’s so unfair! Klinghoffer concludes with this:
The example of ID is an illustration of how it happens, and that it happens, all the time. If it does so with regard to a contentious issue like evolution, it’s not hard to imagine that it occurs in the context of even more incendiary topics in current events. No, “fake news” isn’t fake. At least with regard to intelligent design, it’s quite real.
Does anyone out there actually believe Klinghoffer’s version of reality? Or do they know what they’re doing and do it anyway because they think it’s for some greater purpose? We’ve always wondered about that.
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