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Reuters Enters the Land of Oz with Fanciful Coverage of Kansas

John G. West

If you want to see how bad major media coverage can be, check out this over-the-top story filed by the British news agency Reuters. Titled “Evolution on trial as Kansas debates Adam vs Darwin,” the story starts off with the following gross misrepresentation of the Kansas hearings:

More than two dozen witnesses will give testimony and be subject to cross-examination, with the majority expected to argue against teaching evolution.

As pointed out previously on this blog, the scientists who will testify in Kansas are not going to argue against the teaching of evolution. They are going to argue for presenting students with scientific criticisms of Darwin’s theory as well as the evidence favoring the theory. Contrary to the fanciful reporting of Reuters, the testimony of these scientists will focus on the challenges posed by modern biology to Darwinism, not on “Adam and Eve.”

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

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