I know FoxNews does this all the time, but sometimes I accidentally click through to their site and am shocked anew by this sort of thing:
Still worried that the Large Hadron Collider will create a black hole that will destroy the Earth when it’s finally switched on this summer?
Um, well, you may have a point.
Three physicists have reexamined the math surrounding the creation of microscopic black holes in the Switzerland-based LHC, the world’s largest particle collider, and determined that they won’t simply evaporate in a millisecond as had previously been predicted.
Oh noes! No less than three physicists have proven the doomsayers were right all along? Was the entire scientific community wrong? Will the LHC kill us all?
Anyway, I was expecting that these scientists would be complete crackpots. But it’s way, way better than that!
The scientists quoted in the article don’t actually say that black holes could grow to catastrophic size and swallow the earth. In fact, they say explicitly that such an outcome “does not seem possible.”
Thank goodness FoxNews sees through their pathetic attempt at dissembling:
FoxNews.com can think of a few other things that didn’t seem possible once — the theory of continental drift, the fact that rocks fall from the sky, the notion that the Earth revolves around the sun, the idea that scientists could be horribly wrong.
I love that FoxNews’ examples all predate Darwin. What else didn’t seem possible once. . . uh, that humans could have evolved from simpler forms of life? That human activities could permanently alter the earth’s climate? That we could have a black President? Need I go on?
That’s why I think this article is beautiful in a perverse way. The journalistic template used here lets you say anything you want, and the less evidence there is for your position, the better the result. I know it’s easy to mock Fox, but this is just. . . special.