y candidate for Kansas story of the year is the absolutely grotesque
media coverage of the Kansas State Board of Education’s new science
standards. And my vote for the worst example of this coverage goes to the
PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer for its “Evolution Revolution” segment
featuring Betty Ann Bowser.
In addition to presenting a biased and deceitful segment that perpetuates
virtually every major myth that the evolutionists and their media allies
have concocted with regards to the evolution debate, the evidence suggests
that the segment’s producers also engaged in highly questionable and
unethical conduct in the course of creating the segment.
First, the show’s producers misrepresented the nature of the segment to
conservatives as an inducement to get them to participate. Secondly, the
evidence suggests that the producers had a more than cozy relationship
with local liberal activists during production of the show and that those
same activists were reassured that the fix was in even before the show
aired on Nov. 9.
Let us begin with their misrepresentation of the segment.
In early September, David Stephen, an associate producer with Lehrer,
contacted several local conservatives, including Cindy Duckett, an
influential educational conservative from the Wichita area capable of
opening many doors.
At the time, Duckett said that Stephen told her “that they believe that
the national coverage on this issue has not been at all good and that
Lehrer wants to do something more in-depth and more balanced than what
they have seen thus far.” This same message was repeated to several
others. That, however, was certainly not the episode that aired.
According to the NewsHour’s Internet site, the working title was “An
Evolution Revolution: Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on a Kansas
school under attack for teaching evolution.” Certainly inspires a vision
of balance, doesn’t it?
I suspect the segment would not have disappointed any ardent Darwinist
looking for red meat, while most conservatives, myself included, still
struggle to say anything remotely printable about the piece or its
However, the segment’s bias was just the tip of the iceberg. In an e-mail
to fellow Mainstream Coalition members, political consultant Rob McKnight
sent the following message:
“The Mainstream Coalition worked closely with producers of this feature.
The NewsHour crew was in town at the same time as the Mainstream forum,
held in September on this important topic. The crew taped the meeting,
interviews with Mainstream’s executive director, and many local educators
and commentators. (As we all know, no promises on the final edited version,
but this feature deserves notice.)”
McKnight is not some rube inclined to making embarrassing boasts to close
political associates, and if he felt the fix was in, the fix was
undoubtedly in. The message, sent out well before the show aired, also
encouraged members to tape the show and give copies to either the
Mainstream office or friends. If nothing else, McKnight would have been
pleased that the segment refers to coalition members as “moderate
Republicans” an assertion that in and of itself has considerable
propaganda value for his bunch.
Indeed, the segment completely bolsters McKnight’s prediction. While no
“Triumph of the Will” or “Inherit the Wind,” the piece methodically
reinforces the core Darwinist canards that “the board took evolution out
of the state’s mandatory science standards” (they didn’t); that the view
of evolution that the high priests of Darwinism hold is compatible with
the notion of theistic evolution held by many lay people (it’s not); and
that the struggle is between science and religion (a convenient fantasy
used both to censor opposition and denigrate religion).
Conservative board members Scott Hill and Linda Holloway are given short
shrift and glossed over. Only in a portion where people of faith
unwittingly give credence to the science vs. religion myth are
non-Darwinists given lengthy voice.
Recent news reports have documented the rampant sharing of donor lists
between liberal organizations and many PBS stations, but this apparent
collaboration between local liberal activists and the Lehrer people
documents once again the ethically challenged tactics used by the
establishment media to promote their liberal agenda.
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