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The Evolution of Intelligent Designed Spin

Creative Spin or the use of selected snippets has evolved into almost an art form in today’s media. Most of us fall for it, myself included at times. Really how many of us want to search out or read a five or six page transcript to check for accuracy or to put one of these snippets into context? This is no accident, this is an intelligent purposeful act to design a chosen point.

Using an example from today's Headlines, Bush remarks Roil Debate on Teaching of Evolution, if you read the New York Times article you are given the impression that that President feels "the theory of intelligent design should be taught with evolution in the nation's public schools". Other media sources use this same technique, I am not using the New York Times to slam them, just as an example.

Differing parties in this argument grasp on to snippets to "prove" President Bush is supporting them, and some use the snippets to "prove" the President is against them.

So what did the President really say?

REPORTER: I wanted to ask you about the -- what seems to be a growing debate over evolution versus intelligent design. What are your personal views on that, and do you think both should be taught in public schools?

THE PRESIDENT: I think -- as I said, harking back to my days as my governor -- both you and Herman are doing a fine job of dragging me back to the past. (Laughter.) Then, I said that, first of all, that decision should be made to local school districts, but I felt like both sides ought to be properly taught.

REPORTER:Both sides should be properly taught?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, people -- so people can understand what the debate is about.

REPORTER: So the answer accepts the validity of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution?

THE PRESIDENT: I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought, and I'm not suggesting -- you're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes.

No where in that part of the transcript from his roundtable discussion with Texas members of the press suggests he stated Evolution should be replaced with or taught in tandem with Intelligent Design. He also clearly states that this should be left up to local school districts to decide on their own. This was not some big revelation in support of teaching Intelligent Design along side Evolution in Science Classes across America. If anything it demonstrates he believes the same as he did when he was Governor of Texas, which is new exactly how?

So as evolution can create larger changes, I suggest we learn to adapt ourselves. Stop making assumptions based on a few choice quotes placed within an article and if it is an issue that is important to you? Take the time to read the full context. It might suprise you.

Posted by Lisa Renee Ward at August 3, 2005 10:37 PM