Klinghoffer Says The Media Are Lying to Us

The Discovery Institute is in one of those phases where they’re slipping farther and farther from reality. Klinghoffer just posted this at their creationist blog: Metaxas: A “Media Blackout” on the “Miracle of the Universe”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Eric Metaxas was on fire at Discovery Institute’s Dallas Science and Faith Conference earlier this year, as you can now see for yourself. We’re glad to be making videos of the event available.

Eric Metaxas is described by Wikipedia as “an American author, speaker, and radio host.” He’s what we call a Discovery Institute fellow traveler, because he appears at their events and he interviews Discoveroids on his radio show. Klinghoffer says:

His point here is an important one. [Ooooooooooooh!] Making reference to his book Miracles and a Wall Street Journal op-ed he wrote that was the most shared ever in the newspaper’s history, Metaxas explains that only a “media blackout” has kept information about the fine-tuning of the universe for our planet and for human life from being better known.

Wowie –it’s a media conspiracy! This is really big news! Then he tells us:

It should be much, much better known because as he says frankly, the “miracle of the universe” is the most spectacular miracle ever, by far: [Metaxas video in the middle of Klinghoffer’s post.] The media, meanwhile, sticks with its “nothing special about the Earth” narrative.

This is an outrage! Klinghoffer continues:

As Metaxas observes, recalls of most faulty consumer products are swift and certain because, as one example, an auto manufacturer understands that its future viability as a business depends on getting the word out fast and warning people away from an unsafe motor vehicle. But falsehoods about life and about nature are under no such pressure, granting folks like Neil deGrasse Tyson or Bill Nye the convenience of being able to broadcast untruth without ever being challenged to their face.

Except for creationists, everyone is lying to us! Let’s read on:

As Metaxas concludes, this places a burden on all of us, to let other people know, as widely as possible, about the evidence for design in our world.

There you are, dear reader. It’s up to you to spread the news. Shout it from the rooftops. Wear a sandwich board and walk the streets with the message. Do whatever you can to get the word out! There’s evidence for design in the world!

And now we come to the end:

You can’t rely on the media. Boy, is that ever true. On the contrary, you are more likely to hear proponents of intelligent design being chastised even by media that ought to know better. [Link to a Discoveroid post omitted.]

Okay, dear reader, now you know The Truth. We’re living in the middle of a media conspiracy to suppress the news that the universe is designed. Whatcha gonna do about it?

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18 responses to “Klinghoffer Says The Media Are Lying to Us

  1. Michael Fugate

    Christian apologist Metaxas pens a piece entitled “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God” published on Christmas in the WSJ 2014 and scientists all over the world didn’t immediately slap their foreheads exclaiming “Damn! How come no one ever imagined a god creating a universe before? This is so earth shatteringly novel, let me revise my math and get back to you. Eric you truly are a genius. Thanks ever so much for helping us solve one of the most important questions of all time.”

    See discussion
    https://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/more-creationism-in-the-wall-street-journal/

  2. Thanks, Michael Fugate. I forgot that I had written about it.

  3. You can’t rely on the media.

    I guess Klinghoffer is channeling Donald Trump with his outrage at the elitist media and their high falutin science facts.

  4. And the advocates of Intelligent Design are observing their own blackout.
    The traditional questions of media:
    What happens?
    When does it happen?
    Where does it happen?
    Why does it happen?
    How does it happen?
    Who does it?

  5. Michael Fugate

    A miracle is anything Metaxas can’t explain or understand. Anything he can’t explain or understand is due to God’s agency. Given the number of things he can’t explain and understand is increasing and because this is mostly due to science, he concludes science is increasingly making the case for God’s existence.

  6. Michael Fugate

    Speaking of conspiracy theories and intelligent design in archeology, https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6436/110

  7. “The Discovery Institute is in one of those phases where they’re slipping farther and farther from reality.”
    Yeah, dog bites man. Though it’s quite a mongrel indeed today.

    “information about the fine-tuning of the universe for our planet and for human life.”
    Now only if Klinkleclapper would tell us what information that is. At the other hand I’m a bit surprised that he forgot to point out that it, like all information, is Intelligently Designed.
    At second thought I’d say it’s a plastic inflatable dog that is supposed to bite man.

  8. @Michael Fugate
    Given the number of things he can’t explain and understand is increasing and because this is mostly due to science, he concludes science is increasingly making the case for God’s existence.
    Good point!
    ANd the article in Science magazine tells us
    In 2018 41% of Americans believed that aliens visited Earth in the ancient past, and 57% believed that Atlantis or other advanced ancient civilizations existed.
    Am I off-base in suggesting that there are people who are promoting this for their own monetaryl, social, and political ends? If you can get people to believe in ancient astronauts, they are set up to vote for me.

  9. Theodore Lawry

    “The media are lying to us!” Yeah, sure, like the discoveroids are important enough to lie about.

  10. “Eric Metaxas was on fire…”

    I wish he was. They should have left him out on the street to provide a free public service, offering a little warmth to the homeless in these bleak economic times.

    Media conspiracy? Don’t make me barf. Why would a conspiracy matter, anyway, if “design” is so obvious that — as Axe bores us all with — even the kids with their powers of intuition are supposed to be able to see it?

    The rest of Klinghoffer’s “look, mommy! I went to the bathroom all by myself today!” piffle is just the DI going full-on Howard Beale, flinging open the window to bellow at the world: “We’re bats**t crazy cranks, and we’re not gonna take this anymore!” No surprises when a few copy-cats in the neighborhood start doing exactly the same thing.

    Said this before: send the ID model back to the manufacturers. It’s defective. Get a damn refund, already.

  11. If Klinkleppoopers lips are moving he’s lying. And he’s proud of it. Proud !

  12. @ChrisS
    There is no ID model.

  13. Klingy:
    “Eric Metaxas was on fire at Discovery Institute’s Dallas Science and Faith Conference earlier this year…”

    A certain sign that the end is near for the DI. First it was the People’s Temple drinking the Kool-Aid; now it appears the Discoveroids are practicing self-immolation. Must have been THE hot topic of the conference…

  14. …as everyone got out their marshmallows and put them on a stick.

  15. @TomS
    I forgot

  16. Karl Goldsmith

    The page on him from American Loons called him a hack and he also wrote some Veggie Tales scripts.

  17. Steve Gerrard

    From a link given in the SC article referenced above by Michael Fugate, here is Lawrence Krauss:

    “Reversing the sense of cause and effect in this statement, as Metaxas does in cosmology, is like saying that it’s a miracle that everyone’s legs are exactly long enough to reach the ground.”

    I think “everyone’s legs are exactly long enough to reach the ground” is a perfect description of the foundation of Intelligent Design.

  18. @Steve Gerard
    Creationism is not that coherent.