Skip to comments.Liberal Bias Detected in Science Media
Posted on 01/26/2012 7:38:18 AM PST by fishtank
Liberal Bias Detected in Science Media Posted on January 19, 2012 in Bible and Theology, Darwin and Evolution, Education, Health, Humanity, Issues, Media, Mind and Brain, Origins, Philosophy of Science, Politics and Ethics
Incredible as it sounds, the science news media seem to have a liberal bias. This is astonishing, considering the vast majority of science professors in academia are Democrats (12,02/2004, 12/5/2010). The following examples illustrate this trend that came to light around 1859.
Nature against abstinence: Last month, the editors of Nature (480, 22 December 2011, p. 413, doi:10.1038/480413a), excoriated President Obama for backtracking on his promise to bring more integrity to science (meaning, acquiescing to the views of the scientific establishment). What, in particular, were they complaining about? They were appalled that he would cave in to pressure from conservatives to backtrack on plans to distribute the morning after pill to schoolgirls under 17. It certainly is inconvenient, on the cusp of an election year, in what is at heart a deeply conservative country, to acknowledge that young adolescents can and do have sex, and that they may not have thought out the potential consequences in advance, they wrote. So inconvenient, apparently, that the work of the scientists, who spent long hours weighing risks and benefits for the public good, must be thrown under a bus. The views of many conservatives against the pill as a form of abortion without parental knowledge did not appear relevant to the editors.
D.O.D.O.NCSE goes climatic: The news media uniformly supported the NCSEs decision to add climate skeptics to their targets, along with evolution skeptics. New Scientist portrayed Eugenie Scotts organization that fights for Darwin-only education as US science education advocates, ignoring the fact that Scott has not only interfered with the voice of the people through their legislatures for years, but has also praised the institutions that have destroyed careers of evolution skeptics. Nature News, naturally, gave Scott good press, noting her reputation for doggedly defending the teaching of evolution in US classrooms, and portraying the NCSE decision to expand its mandate to include the politically charged issue of global warming. Where she got that mandate was not stated; the NCSE is a private organization whose agenda has never been voted on by the public affected by her actions (primarily conservatives and evolution skeptics).
Huffington Post: Whats a science news site doing reporting a decision by the Huffington Post, the anti-conservative website, to go French? PhysOrg did not warn its readers about the political bias of Arianna Huffington. It only called her a US socialite blogger who has become an Internet multimillionaire for her gossipy mix of celebrity, political and lifestyle stories. If anyone has an example of a science news site celebrating the success of a conservative enterprise in such glowing terms, it would be an interesting search.
Defending corruption: Last month, PhysOrg told about a psychologist who wrote a paper about Why do people defend unjust, inept, and corrupt systems? The examples provided were about alleged failings during the Bush administration, with liberal slant evident on positions about government funding for education and fair salaries between the sexes. Psychologist Aaron C. Kay of Duke University got a one-way megaphone to portray those not wanting social change as victims of irrational, psychological forces.
Sicko evolution skeptics: PhysOrg gave its microphone to David Haury at Ohio State, who has a patronizing view of evolution skeptics as hapless pawns of gut feelings instead of rationality. Research in neuroscience has shown that when theres a conflict between facts and feeling in the brain, feeling wins, he opined, speaking of those who have not yet gained the enlightenment that leads to acceptance of evolution. Strangely, he did not consider the power of gut feelings to influence his own beliefs about evolution. Looking at students as his lab rats, he proposed ways to overcome their brutish beliefs with more nuanced methods that might trick their guts into accommodating the greater knowledge of evolutionary facts available. This researcher was empowered to promote his views with funding from the National Science Foundation.
Sicko people of faith: Are religious people better adjusted psychologically? Medical Xpress asks, expecting a no answer. Once again, psychological research was granted uncritical authority to weigh in on the question. Some German researchers noted that many previous studies seemed to indicate that faith is good for ones sense of well-being but now, the but On average, believers only got the psychological benefits of being religious if they lived in a country that values religiosity. This according to their new study published in Psychological Science. In countries where most people arent religious, religious people didnt have higher self-esteem. This assumes that people embrace their faith only for what they can get out of it. It also assumes their highest value is self-esteem. If self-esteem happens to be low on the priority list among the millions of persecuted believers around the world, many who have been willing to die for their faith, these psychological experts did not seem to be aware of it or concerned about it.
Undermining traditional values: It is well known that conservatives support traditional marriage and abstinence from sex outside marriage. They dont get very good press among science reporters, who seem to be on a campaign to portray alternative lifestyles as blessed by science. Some recent examples:
Same-sex marriage laws reduce doctor visits and health care costs for gay men, reported Medical Xpress. Gay men are able to lead healthier, less stress-filled lives when states offer legal protections to same-sex couples, according to a new study, the article continued, begging the question whether a stress-free life is the arbiter of morality. An assumed expert from Columbia got this statement in: These findings suggest that marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions in gay and bisexual men. What does marriage equality imply? Study finds few well-being advantages to marriage over cohabitation, reported PhysOrg this week. Well; if a study finds this, that settles it; traditional marriage has no legs. Again, a psychologist got to state a strong anti-conservative viewpoint without any conservative rebuttal, saying, our research shows that marriage is by no means unique in promoting well-being and that other forms of romantic relationships can provide many of the same benefits. Readers were not warned that this amounts to pragmatism the end justifies the means a philosophy, not a science. It also presumes that societal decisions about marriage are to be made entirely on the well-being of those choosing to engage in other forms of romantic relationships, while ignoring the well-being of children, family members and society as a whole points conservatives would undoubtedly rush to express, had they the reporters ear. Pushing cohabitation: Live Science was even more militant in its coverage, calling the study on the blessings of cohabitation extremely valuable. Experts were quoted describing those holding to traditional marriage as having an extremely naïve view. Marriage was portrayed as passé. With no hint of desire for balanced reporting (such as giving time to the Family Research Council or Focus on the Family), the article ended, incredibly, with blatant advocacy: Pass it on: Cohabitation may be just as good as marriage in promoting happiness and well-being (italics theirs). Get thee to a nunnery: Imagine the impact on traditional Catholics of this headline on Live Science: Catholic Church Should Offer Nuns the Pill, Researchers Say. Well, if researchers say it, the Vatican should genuflect. With no attempt at getting the Churchs response to a study by two Australian researchers speaking with the imprimatur of science, the article ended with this promotion: Pass it on: The pill may reduce the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer in nuns, researchers argue (italics theirs).
Many scientists and science reporters, as these examples show, betray a liberal bias. Let us count the ways: (1) never giving equal time or emphasis to conservatives, (2) portraying conservative viewpoints, if even acknowledged, as out of step with the times, (3) portraying conservatives (especially those of religious faith) as irrational pawns of psychological urges, (4) using loaded words, (5) employing unargued assumptions embedded in suggestive euphemisms (like marriage equality), (6) assuming that researchers are infallible, (7) assuming that any scientific study is authoritative, (8) rushing to sanctify the liberal viewpoint with the authority of science, (9) considering all sciences, including psychology, as equally authoritative, and (10) never dealing with thorny issues of philosophy of science i.e., what science is capable of knowing, proving, or preaching.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), father of electromagnetic theory
Creation Evolution Headlines
Obviously the editors at Nature haven't realized the "morning after pill" is not natural.
The desire of anyone (male or female) to kill off their own unborn offspring flies in the face of the theory of evolution. If we are truly creatures of evolution as the editors of Nature would claim, shouldn't we have an inate drive to spread around our DNA (i.e. have as many progeny as possible)? That drive would be as strong as the sex drive itself.
In species other than man, those two drives as so interwoven as to be inseparable. Man, on the other hand, is the only species that tries to promote the theory of evolution yet acts against that very theory by killing its own progeny for convenience sake.
In other news water is wet