Thursday, March 13, 2014

You Can't Say "Evolution" In Oklahoma ... At Least Not On A FOX Station

You know, when all these stories broke about this state and that state trying to pass legislation allowing business owners to deny services to The Gays in order to protect their alleged “religious freedom” the pundits said it was happening because The Gays and The Liberals and President Thanks Obama had declared war on religion.

Somehow I missed that memo.

But, is anyone talking about the Religious Folks and their war on intelligence? Their war on any idea that doesn’t magically fit into their little history book?

I thought so.

But, last Sunday night, in Oklahoma, go figure, and on a Fox station, when Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered it became the first time in decades that a science show appeared on a big-time network in prime-time.

And it went well, I guess, until the last ten minutes or so when the show’s host, Neil deGrasse Tyson brought up the theory of evolution. Just before he began describing how humans “stood up and parted ways from” our ancestors, viewers in Oklahoma City were treated to a mid-scene cutaway to their local Fox station’s news promo.

And oddly enough, once Tyson had finished talking about the human transition to “standing on two feet,” the station returned to the show.

That channel, KOKH Fox 25, responded to the curious edit and cutaway via Twitter, saying they “regret” the “operating error:”
Sunday, during @COSMOSonTV, a local news promo was aired over a portion of COSMOS content. This was an operator error & we regret the error.
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) March 12, 2014
An accident that not once during the show was there a cutaway until the idea, the mere mention — and you know it was merely a mention because it was a fifteen second cutaway — of evolution.

A war on religion? Hardly. The war is from the religious against anyone who disagrees with their fantasy books.

Just sayin’. And hoping that when this blog post hits Oklahoma there isn’t another mysterious edit of I Should Be Laughing.

3 comments:

Helen Lashbrook said...

What would be interesting to know is whether Rupert Murdoch believes in evolution or not!

the dogs' mother said...

I'm suspicious. I think they should re-air the episode just to be on the safe side...9655466 645

anne marie in philly said...

CENSORSHIP! FIRST AMENDMENT!