Conservative Conflict With Science On Evolution And Global Warming Has Been Exaggerated—While Liberals Get A Free Pass For Their Own Failings.
” In his first State of the Union Address in 1790, George Washington told Congress, “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature.” He went on to call science “essential” to our nation. Two hundred and twenty years later, in his first inaugural address, Barack Obama vowed to “restore science to its rightful place.”
The president’s insinuation plays into the common perception in the media, electorate, and research community that Republicans are “anti-science.” I encountered that sentiment routinely in nearly a decade working for Republicans on Capitol Hill, and it has become more commonplace in the broader political discussion. Frequent offenders include Slate‘s Phil Plait,Mother Jones‘ Chris Mooney, HBO’s Bill Maher, a host of contributors at The Huffington Post, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
I’m the first to admit that there are elected Republicans with a terrible understanding of science—Representative Paul Broun of Georgia, an M.D. who claims evolution and the Big Bang are “lies straight from the pit of hell” is one rather obvious example—and many more with substantial room for improvement. But Republicans, conservatives, and the religious are no more uniquely “anti-science” than any other demographic or political group. It’s just that “anti-science” has been defined using a limited set of issues that make the right wing and religious look relatively worse. (As a politically centrist atheist, this claim is not meant to be self-serving.)”
This is a fine piece that acknowledges the bias inherent in the media’s coverage of science . For once the Left is shown to have it’s own science failings while it is demonstrated that Liberal media control of the press has resulted in very slanted reporting on the Right’s beliefs in science . There is nothing really new about slanted media coverage of the Right but just having this article published in the Atlantic is change , of a sort .