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CNN deep sixes whole science team – remember, these are the people who CARE about science!


Whereas you, like, don’t, m’kay?

This from Curtis Brainerd at Columbia Journalism Review (December 4, 2008)

CNN is not the only television network that has been slashing science jobs. According to The Washington Post, “NBC Universal made the first of potentially several rounds of staffing cuts at The Weather Channel [last week], axing the entire staff of the “Forecast Earth” environmental program during the middle of NBC’s ‘Green Week,’ as well as several on-camera meteorologists.” Gannett has eliminated roughly 1,800 jobs this week at newspapers around the country, though it’s unclear which beats have been most affected. And Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine recently nixed its bureau in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where NASA launches its rockets and shuttles. Cowing, at NASAWatch, says that he is simply shocked “that at a time when science and technology should be on everybody’s lips, this expertise is suddenly not in demand.”

Remember this, folks, when they tell you that they support Darwinism because they “believe in” science.

If local charities believed in the poor the way these people believe in science, Toronto’s poor would be a bunch of skeletons lining the sidewalks … not a bunch of people with caps out in the street.

Well, at least we can still hear Wolf Blitzer freaking out about supposed apocalypses. My cup runneth over, but not with anything I want to drink.

Also, just up at The Mindful Hack:

Can ideas be reduced to purely material causes?

New atheism: Widely read but mostly dead, commentator says

Muslim clerics refuse to bury Mumbai attackers

Do animals have souls?

Loss of civility can lead to loss of life

I think CNN found out it could swap out the science writers with a few word-processing templates coupled to some RSS feeds, thereby maintaining the same quality while saving boatloads of money. ;) angryoldfatman
I've often thought that CNN doesn't care about science or America whatsoever. I wouldn't be surprised if they were financed by Rupert Murdoch to give Fox News something to talk about. The possibility that animals have souls is much more disturbing than the liberal media shenanigans du jour. I've got a lot of 'splaining to do to some groundfish and shrimp, it appears. Perhaps I can sue Long John Silvers for complicity in this genocide. Sola Raison

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