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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Pharyngula: Noted without comment

Why I no longer read the New York Times. Scarlet probably still thinks I'm arrogant for thinking the Journalism or English majors have no place trying to interpret the complex world we live in for the intelligensia (the others don't read newspapers), but that someone who wrote this gets a promotion makes a mockery out of science:
I don't consider myself a creationist. I don't have any interest in sharing my personal views on how the canyon was carved, mostly because I've spent almost no time pondering my personal views -- it takes all my energy as a reporter and writer to understand and explain my subjects' views fairly and thoroughly.

2 comments:

md said...

I have to disagree that it is only the intelligentsia that read newspapers.

That Wilgoren quote is a zinger, isn't it? She really makes herself sound like an idiot. If you do a search on "Jodi Wilgoren" you'll find she's quite infamous; people seem to hate her but I haven't quite figured why, yet. Maybe that's why she was promoted; she generates publicity.

I did just *skim* through a couple of her articles: Politicized Scholars Put Evolution on the Defensive (requires subscription) and Seeing Creation and Evolution in Grand Canyon. I didn't notice anything biased or stupid about them. The fact that the latter was published in the Science section could be chalked up to the fact that it's "about" science and the social acceptance of science, not that it's a science article per se. She's reporting that there are a lot people in the US who don't accept science because it conflicts with their religious beliefs. I find that newsworthy.

Piaw Na said...

If you look at her articles, they are of the "he said, she said" variety. If she'd covered the Flat Earth Society in that way, she'd be laughed out of the office. A reporter shouldn't just use "he said", "she said" as an excuse to not uncover the truth. The modern paper's approach to news coverage is making them ever more irrelevant to the political and economic discourse (and their circulation is suffering for it).