Undoing Darwin: When the coverage of evolution shifts to the political and opinion pages, the scientific context falls away

Mooney, Chris; Nisbet, Matthew C.
September 2005
Columbia Journalism Review;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p30
This article discusses the media coverage of issues concerning the theory of evolution in the U.S. in 2005. As evolution shifts out of scientific realms and into political and legal ones, it ceases to be covered by context-oriented science reporters and is instead bounced to political pages, opinion pages, and television news. Across this coverage, a clear pattern emerges when evolution is an issue: from reporting on newly discovered fossil records of feathered dinosaurs and three-foot humanoids to the latest ideas of theorists such as Richard Dawkins, science writers generally characterize evolution in terms that accurately reflect its firm acceptance in the scientific community.


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