ALT + CTRL + SCOPES = New York Times Bias

CSC senior fellow Jay Richards used to joke that reporters covering evolution simply sit down at their keyboards and type ALT + CTRL + SCOPES, and out pops a complete story that simply reiterates the false storyline that the primary challenge to evolution is a religious one, just as was the case during the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial in the early days of the 20th century. I laughed when he told me, because I was familiar with how often that bogus storyline was repeated by reporters, and the idea of a computer macro being used to deploy it was funny.
It’s not so funny now, though. It looks like the New York Times might indeed have some sort of macro in place for all stories concerning the ongoing debate over modern evolutionary theory. The Times has defaulted to this standard line: “There is no credible scientific challenge to evolution.” This current line has survived mainly intact and been selected out of a number of mutations over the last few years. It’s clearly been a guided and purposeful project, so it’s not really evolution at all.

Since at least 2005, this has been reported as a fact by science writers at the Times, mostly Cornelia Dean. We’ve reported on this several times, but this is the first time we’ve listed out all of the articles in which this false statement is repeated.

And, to prove that the macro does come standard at the Times, this refrain also occurs in the writings of other Times reporters, as well:

Robert Crowther, II

Robert Crowther holds a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public affairs and 20 years experience as a journalist, publisher, and brand marketing and media relations specialist. From 1994-2000 he was the Director of Public and Media Relations for Discovery Institute overseeing most aspects of communications for each of the Institute's major programs. In addition to handling public and media relations he managed the Institute's first three books to press, Justice Matters by Roberta Katz, Speaking of George Gilder edited by Frank Gregorsky, and The End of Money by Richard Rahn.