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Creationists demand equal airtime on Neil deGrasse Tyson's ‘Cosmos' to provide ‘balance'

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Creationists demand equal airtime on Neil deGrasse Tyson's ‘Cosmos' to provide ‘balance'

By Travis Gettys
Friday, March 21, 2014 14:10 EDT
Neil deGrasse Tyson via Flickr user John Roling
 
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Creationists held a pity party for themselves Thursday because "Cosmos" isn't being fair and balanced to their beliefs.

"Creationists aren't even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn't even consider us plausible at all," said Danny Falkner, of Answers In Genesis, which has previously complained about the show.

Falkner appeared Thursday on "The Janet Mefford Show" to complain the Fox television series and its host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, had marginalized those with dissenting views on accepted scientific truths, reported Right Wing Watch.

 

"I don't recall seeing any interviews with people - that may yet come - but it's based upon the narration from the host and then various types of little video clips of various things, cartoons and things like that," Falkner said.

Mefferd said the show should at least offer viewers a false compromise.

"Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there, you know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,' but that's not even allowed," she said.

Tyson recently said science reporting should not be balanced with nonscientific claims, so that seems unlikely he would offer that sort of fallacious argument on his own show.

"You don't talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let's give equal time to the flat Earthers," Tyson told CNN. "Plus, science is not there for you to cherry pick."

Falkner complained that Tyson showed life arose from simple organic compounds without mentioning that some believe that's not possible.

"I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion - it's all on the table - and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem,'" Falkner said.

Listen to this audio clip posted online by Right Wing Watch:

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by on Mar. 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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angelenia
by Silver Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:22 PM
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Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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 They did. It was called Beavis and Butthead, I think.

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

Why can't they make their own show?

 

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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Just look for the big hair and you'll know you're on the right channel.

Quoting specialwingz:

They have!  700 Club and countless other evengelical programs that are on tv every single Sunday!

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

Why can't they make their own show?

 

specialwingz
by on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

TRUTH!!!!

sidesplittinglaughter

Quoting Seasidegirl:


Just look for the big hair and you'll know you're on the right channel.

Quoting specialwingz:

They have!  700 Club and countless other evengelical programs that are on tv every single Sunday!

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

Why can't they make their own show?



autodidact
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

In a quick search I'm finding articles unhappy about how Glee deals with race, but none complaing that anyone is underrepesented in the casting. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

They have.

Need more people of color on Glee according to some.

Quoting autodidact:

they are demanding time on specific shows? I don't think so. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

eh


no different than other groups demanding more representation on tv



UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM
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I'd suggest they pitch a show and see if they can get a network to pick it up.

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

link? 

Quoting 12hellokitty:

GLBT's activist demanded representation on many shows.  They basically concluded it was homophobic to not include GLBT characters or themes.  

Quoting autodidact:

they are demanding time on specific shows? I don't think so. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

eh


no different than other groups demanding more representation on tv



tanyainmizzou
by on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM
Quoting autodidact:

In a quick search I'm finding articles unhappy about how Glee deals with race, but none complaing that anyone is underrepesented in the casting. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

They have.

Need more people of color on Glee according to some.

Quoting autodidact:

they are demanding time on specific shows? I don't think so. 

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

eh


no different than other groups demanding more representation on tv


Okay.

It was a random article I read in the second or third season.  Basically it was why was Mercedes the only black person on the show.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

 Seriously? The Creationists have their own shows and tv station. Cosmos isn't public programming and there's no requirement that they should offer anyone equal time. Frakking ridiculous.


H.R.H. Friday of MaryJane

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM
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Science is not there for you to cherry pick. Yep, it is what it is.

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