Media seriously investigate intelligent design controversy: Earning our keep as the fourth estate
Barbara Bradley Hagerty of National Public Radio has done an excellent piece on beleaguered scientist Richard Sternberg, whose only sin was to permit an article to be published that doubted Darwinism. Apparently, Sternberg was the only one of nearly twenty ID sympathizers that Hagerty contacted who could risk being interviewed. I hope that, sooner rather than later, McCarthy-ite groups like the National Center for Suppressing Evidence - sorry, sorry, that should be the National Center for Science Education - will prove unable to prevent the publication of evidence that does not support Darwinism. (Note: Originally, the media were called the "fourth estate" in the sense that they were neither governing class, church, nor working class (the three estates). Currently, too many media personnel feel that they should be PR people for the governing class, who certainly have the funds to hire PR people.)
If you like this blog, check out my book on the intelligent design controversy, By Design or by Chance?. You can read excerpts as well.
(Note: If you came here looking for the story about the Pope using the term "intelligent design" to describe the Catholic view of origins, go here. Other frequently sought stories (academic freedom, museums fanatically promoting Darwinism, lawsuit over use of public funds to promote liberal religious views on evolution) appear at the bottom of today's posts. )