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Friday, March 21, 2014

 
Freedom's just another word for letting Rush Limbaugh have his way

by digby

So it seems that people who believe the Bible is a scientific document are all up in arms that their viewpont isn't being included in the science show "Cosmos." In fact, they're hopping mad about it:
“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.

There are many good reason why you are laughing yourself silly at this point, not the least of which is that "Creationism" is not science. But I have to love this notion that the right wingers are whining that they deserve equal time for dissenting views.

Here's how Limbaugh put it a few years back, when the Democratic congress tried to restore the Fairness Doctrine:
The way it would manifest itself over a passage of time is that a lot of management just wouldn't put up with [giving the public an opportunity to counter the misinformation of right wing radio.] "I can't run a radio station this way where most of my day is spent answering the phone from a bunch of liberals demanding that they get some time on the radio to respond to whatever my conservative hosts are saying," and so they shut it down. They kill the format, and they go play Chinese opera or whatever. That's the objective. So this guy John Gizzi was with 40 other journalists talking to Pelosi yesterday, and he asked her, "Do you personally support revival of the Fairness Doctrine?" "Yes," she said, without hesitation. Yes, without hesitation. The whole Democrat Party does. If they get their way, if they have these swinging majorities, they're going to do their best to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine. We're not going to go down without a fight, and I'm not crying about this. I'm just trying to illustrate what's at stake here. It's a lot more than judges. These people are going to try to consolidate their power and just get rid of anybody that disagrees with them. All dissent is going to be squelched.
Basically what right wingers believe is that unless you allow them to speak unopposed and also allow them equal time to oppose that with which they disagree, they are not free.

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