First, the Discovery Institute didnât seem to know about the anti-evolution bill introduced in Florida last week. Now, they donât seem to actually understand what the bill does. Both of these things are quite strange, considering that the Discovery Institute folks actually wrote all of the substantive parts of the bill.
Rob Crowther just devoted most of an article over at the Discovery Instituteâs Media Complaints Blog to scolding the media for their coverage of the Florida legislation. Apparently, most of the news coverage made the outrageous claim that the âAcademic Freedom Actâ would actually permit the teaching of âalternative theoriesâ to evolution. Crowther is outraged, claiming that the bill does no such thing. He thinks that the various media outlets have âbeen fed some âsmelly crapââ by pro-evolution groups such as Florida Citizens for science. I think itâs because the various media outlets have actually read the bill.