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How should students learn about evolution? On Thursday morning’s Takeaway (at about 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. Eastern), we’re talking with Don McLeroy, chair of the Texas State Board of Education. He’s believes that students should have the opportunity to question evolution (and that God created the Earth a few thousand years ago). Texas is…

I first posted this on June 24, 2004 on the www.jregrassroots.org forums, then republished on August 23, 2004 on Science And Politics, then a couple of times on this blog. Why did I decide to re-post it today? Because I have been thinking and reading about the current state and potential future of journalism, including…

July 24, 2008 presentation by Stephen Schneider for the Stanford University Office of Science Outreach’s Summer Science Lecture Series. Professor Schneider discusses the local, regional, and international actions that are already beginning to address global warming and describe other actions that could be taken, if there were political will to substantially reduce the magnitude of…

Journalism on Twitter?

Dave Winer called up Jay Rosen and interviewed him about the potential of twitter-like platforms to become a news/journalistic medium. Listen to the podcast here. Join the discussion here. Related: What does twitter mean for breaking news stories? On Thursday morning (US Pacific Time), March 12, 2009, a piece of debris came close enough the…

From an e-mail from SPARC and The Alliance for Taxpayer Access yesterday: FIRST U.S. PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY MADE PERMANENT 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act ensures NIH public access policy will persist Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2009 – President Obama yesterday signed into law the 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes a provision making the National…

Science on the Campaign Trail: In November 2007, a group of six citizens decided to do something to elevate science and technology in the national dialogue. They created Science Debate 2008, an initiative calling for a presidential debate on science policy. They put up a Web site, and began encouraging friends and colleagues to sign…

The Falsest Balance in journalism

Corporate journalists are, apparently, constitutionally incapable of escaping the ‘false balance’, i.e., “he said, she said” mode of writing. So they are trying mightily to equate Obama with Bush in any way they can. It doesn’t matter if one is a pragmatic who is trying to do the best he can, is being honest and…

Because they write lies? Bill Clinton actually used signing documents way more than George W. Bush. But No. 42 is a Democrat and his wife currently works for Obama. So No. 44 is on a big tear right now to distance himself instead from No. 43, the Republican, who’s back in Texas and doesn’t care…

Joe Scarborough Is An Idiot and this explains why, but most importantly defines the best what Jon Stewart and The Daily Show are really all about: First and foremost, the show is a critique of the media. It is not “fake news.” It is not “funny riffs on the headlines,” a la “Weekend Update.” It…

NY Times and ‘Serious’ Journalism: Also in the Sunday edition, however, was the paper’s long-demanded interview with Obama, which the Times somewhat arrogantly considers its birthright with every new president. The reporters used the opportunity to learn a few things about Obama’s work and goals. But in the process one reporter, Peter Baker, asked one…