"Some proponents of evolution in Texas are working overtime to undermine state science standards that allow discussion of the scientific evidence for and against Darwin's theory. Unfortunately, these activists are being aided by some reporters who seem to have no problem misrepresenting the truth.
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI) owns several newspapers in Texas and around the country. Its reporter John Austin published a story falsely asserting that one of Texas's science standards authorizes "teachers to introduce NON-scientific explanations" of the fossil record to students. In reality, this science standard says exactly the OPPOSITE! It allows students to "analyze and evaluate SCIENTIFIC explanations concerning any data of sudden appearance, stasis, and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record."
During the past several weeks, we have patiently tried to get CNHI to correct its blatant error. But CNHI is a national media company. Both the national editor (David Joyner) and the reporter (John Austin) have refused to correct their error. Find out more information.
You are our only hope! If enough people contact the national headquarters of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. and demand a correction, perhaps the national headquarters will listen.
The President and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. is Donna Barrett. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the company's headquarters at (334) 293-5800.
Be polite, but tell Ms. Barrett that her national editor David Joyner and Texas reporter John Austin ought to correct their misrepresentation of the Texas science standards immediately. Those standards explicitly state that they only allow the teaching of scientific explanations. If Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. wants to maintain any credibility, it needs to report accurately, not make false statements and refuse to correct them.
This error may seem like a small issue. But it's part of a larger campaign of misinformation being waged in Texas by those who don't want students exposed to scientific evidence challenging Darwinian evolution. They hope that if they can misrepresent the truth often enough, they will be able to gut the current science standards. If good science standards are to survive in Texas, it's essential that the media report fairly and accurately."