Flunked, Not Expelled: Not Even Fox Likes It

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The FoxNews review by Roger Friedman is in, and it reads like one of those Muppets in the theater balcony wrote it. Skip past the top-of-the-page stuff about Mariah Carey. Down. Further down. Next to “Buy a Link Here”, there it is: “Ben Stein: Win His Career”.

After seeing a new non-fiction film starring Comedy Central’s Ben Stein, you may not only be able to win his money, but also his career.

Stein is that whiny little guy with the monotone voice that makes him seem funny and an unlikely “character” for TV appearances. But that career may be over come April 18 when a movie he co-wrote, narrates and appears in, called “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” is released.

Directed by one Nathan Frankowski, “Expelled” is a sloppy, all-over-the-place, poorly made (and not just a little boring) “expose” of the scientific community. It’s not very exciting. But it does show that Stein, who’s carved out a career selling eye drops in commercials and amusing us on sitcoms, is either completely nuts or so avaricious that he’s abandoned all good sense to make a buck.

To wit: Stein, Frankowski and pals say in “Expelled” that perfectly good scientists and educators are being stigmatized for wanting to teach their students creationism and “intelligent design” — in other words, junk science — in addition to or instead of conventionally accepted Darwinism. You see, Stein, like some other celebrities, finally has shown his true colors and they aren’t so pretty.

There’s more good stuff. Go read.

Hat tip: Ross Myers.

(Originally posted at the Austringer)

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Fox Movie review:

Directed by one Nathan Frankowski, “Expelled” is a sloppy, all-over-the-place, poorly made (and not just a little boring) “expose” of the scientific community. It’s not very exciting. But it does show that Stein, who’s carved out a career selling eye drops in commercials and amusing us on sitcoms, is either completely nuts or so avaricious that he’s abandoned all good sense to make a buck.

We know what is wrong with the Expelled crew. They are just Xian Dominionists attempting to destroy the USA, set up a theocracy, and head on back to the Dark Ages. Routine, nothing new there.

The question is, What is wrong with Ben Stein? Friedman asks if he is completely nuts or just desperate for money. We will never know but it is probably both.

I thought the going rate for a soul was 30 pieces of silver. Hmmm, what is that in dollars and how much did Stein get paid?

Sarcasm alert! (No surprize that Fox News slammed the Expelled movie. They are part of the evilutionist conspiracy!)

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/evol[…]n/index.html

Great source of science news. Bad source of political news. Explore at your own risk!

Wow, even Faux News slammed “Expelled”… pwnage!!! :)

So bad even Fox panned it? Yikes! Expelled must be awesomely awful. But we have yet to hear from Fox’s political pundits. Taking bets on how they might like it?

Hey,

I can’t find hide nor hair of the review on fox’s site! It’s like they wiped it clean from their serever. Reviews of older films are there, but the expelled review is gone, and I can’t even come up with anything when I search their site!

David, I had no trouble getting to it from the link above. Maybe you could try the url directly: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933[…]8468,00.html Good luck.

…and don’t forget to read down to about the middle of the reviews!

Best Fox report I’ve read in years.

David,

The link is working fine for me. It hasn’t yet disappeared off the Fox server AFAICT.

It’s interesting to see Fox follow CNN in their compromise with reality. Maybe they can jump on the global warming bandwagon too and vie for all the praise of the great compromisers.

David:

Follow the link and then scroll about 1/3 of the way down the page (after the Mariah Cary story). There’s also a link at the top of the news page that links to the Expelled portion of the article next to Mariah Cary’s photo).

I recall a TV series on the most abominable films that ever wasted the world’s supply of celluloid - gems like Killer Tomatoes From Mars, They Saved Hitler’s Brain, The Creeping Terror (my personal favourite, starring tennis-shoe-clad teenagers under a cheap carpet, and featuring a voice-over by a driving instruction film narrator), and, of course, the immortal Plan 9 From Outer Space.

The series was presented by some fellow called Medved . . yes, Michael Medved, that was it.

I wonder if he’d consider adding Expelled to this Canon of the Catastrophic…

Amadan - I am sure that Medved’s DI Masters forbid him to dis the brand. Maybe after Medved’s Beloved Big Foots (Feets?) appear, he’ll be able to sneak Expelled - The Big Dump onto the list.

How did such a critical reviewer get “invited” to a showing?

Those Fox people have obviously been brainwashed by liberals just like Judge Jones.

Bruce said: How did such a critical reviewer get “invited” to a showing?

Because they assumed FOX would automatically accept their drivel. Instead it looks like even FOX expelled it into their air-sickness bag.

Bruce:

How did such a critical reviewer get “invited” to a showing?

They didn’t anticipate that their incompetence would offend a FOX official.

Les Lane:

Those Fox people have obviously been brainwashed by liberals just like Judge Jones.

Probably. Or is a conspiracy by evil CommuNazis.

It’s interesting to see Fox follow CNN in their compromise with reality. Maybe they can jump on the global warming bandwagon too and vie for all the praise of the great compromisers.

Steve, next time you’re crossing the street and see a truck bearing down on you, don’t compromise with reality. Stand your ground! Let us know how it goes.

This movie is a documentary endeavor based on fact not fiction. Some people can not accept the truth.

Ron:

Some people can not accept the truth.

*pssst* your projection is showing

Ron lying:

This movie is a documentary endeavor based on fact not fiction. Some people can not accept the truth.

It is one big Goebbelian lie (Darwin killed the Jews) and a bunch of smaller ones. It is somewhat amazing that Stein and Mathis managed to lie outside of Fox News boundaries for the truth. I didn’t even know they had any.

Here is some real truth. The creos are way ahead on body counts including a real not-live dead one.

Posting the list of who is really being beaten up, threatened, fired, attempted to be fired, and killed. Not surprisingly, it is scientists and science supporters by Death Cultists. There is a serious reign of terror by Xian fundie terrorists directed against the reality based academic community, specifically acceptors of evolution. I’m keeping a running informal tally, listed below. They include death threats, firings, attempted firings, assaults, and general persecution directed against at least 11 people. The Expelled Liars have totally ignored the ugly truth of just who is persecuting who.

If anyone has more info add it. Also feel free to borrow or copy the list.

I thought I’d post all the firings of professors and state officials for teaching or accepting evolution.

2 professors fired, Bitterman (SW CC Iowa) and Bolyanatz (Wheaton)

1 persecuted unmercifully Richard Colling (Olivet)

1 attempted firing Murphy (Fuller Theological by Phillip Johnson IDist)

1 successful death threats, assaults harrasment Gwen Pearson (UT Permian)

1 state official fired Chris Comer (Texas)

1 assault, fired from dept. Chair Paul Mirecki (U. of Kansas)

1 killed, Rudi Boa, Biomedical Student (Scotland)

Death Threats Eric Pianka UT Austin and the Texas Academy of Science engineered by an erratic IDist named Bill Dembski

Death Threats Michael Korn, fugitive from justice, towards the UC Boulder biology department and miscellaneous evolutionary biologists.

Death Threats Judge Jones Dover, who was put under the protection of Federal Marshalls.

Up to 11 with little effort. Probably there are more. I turned up a new one with a simple internet search. Haven’t even gotten to the secondary science school teachers.

And the Liars of Expelled have the nerve to scream persecution. On body counts the creos are way ahead.

Ron:

This movie is a documentary endeavor based on fact not fiction. Some people can not accept the truth.

You sound a lot like Col. Jessup, a deluded individual telling Lt. Kaffee that he cannot handle the truth. A documentary presents a true story. Expelled is a fantasy contrived in the minds of the director, producer, Ben Stein, et. al. There is no truth there.

including a real not-live dead one.

yeah, but did they take the bones out?

Ron: This movie is a documentary endeavor based on fact not fiction. Some people can not accept the truth.

Ron, there is a grain of truth in the movie: “Biologists” who do not accept evolution as a fact are “expelled,” just as “mathematicians” who do not accept 2+2=4 as a fact are “expelled,” just as “astronomers” who believe the sun rotates around the earth are “expelled,” just as “geographers” who believe in a flat earth are “expelled.” Do you see the common thread here, Ron? Or can you accept the truth?

Whatever possessed them to name this “Expelled”? The only people I ever heard getting expelled from school deserved it.

Ron, are you a young earth creationist or an old earth creationist?

I’m just trying to get measure of the degree of your obvious ignorance and delusion.

Thank you.

If you have not already done so, go to PZ’s blog. Note the letter from Peter Irons on behalf of Harvard. The film makers may have some problems in store for themselevs.

Whoa. I see a possible conspiracy here. All week I’ve been hearing commercials for “Expelled” on Air America Radio. Now Fox is dissing it. Maybe it’s a devious plot to get progressives to fork over their cash: “If Fox hates it, we gotta see it!”

From the Expelled web site, as quoted in the Fox News review:

Alas, Darwinism has had a far bloodier life span than Imperialism. Darwinism, perhaps mixed with Imperialism, gave us Social Darwinism, a form of racism so vicious …

The ideas misnamed “Social Darwinism” came from the mind of Herbert Spencer, not Charles Darwin. Spencer in turn was relying on the biological ideas of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, and Darwin did more than anyone to show that these ideas are incorrect. In fact, Spencer’s major work “Progress: Its Law and Cause” came out two years before “Origin of Species”. See, for example, Peter J. Bowler, “Monkey Trials and Gorilla Sermons: Evolution and Christianity from Darwin to Intelligent Design” (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007) pages 114–119.

Ron:

Some people can not accept the truth.

While others cannot spell “cannot”.

I suppose it can also be said, except perhaps with more justification, that Christianism, perhaps combined with Inquisitionism, led to torturism.

Joseph Goebbels [Nazi Propaganda Minister]:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Expelled Propaganda Ministers:

Alas, Darwinism has had a far bloodier life span than Imperialism. Darwinism, perhaps mixed with Imperialism, gave us Social Darwinism, a form of racism so vicious …

Expelled is just using the Nazi tactics of Goebbels, lie big and lie often. This is appalling. These people are dishonest and evil, no other way to put it.

Others have pointed out elsewhere that this pan isn’t such a big deal as all that - Friedman has never toed the party line at FOX and doesn’t seem to have suffered for it (he even gave a good review to Fahrenheit 9/11, for example). This is yet another critic who didn’t like Expelled, not an example of the FOX organization doing something breathtakingly out of character.

Our Constitution never once mentions God or Christianity or any commandments. It is a purely humanistic and secular document. The preamble begins, “We the people… do ordain and establish…

The Bible never once mentions democracy. The Bible never once mentions freedom of speech or freedom of religion. Or tolerance for other religious views. The Bible provides no model for ‘good’ government or for personal freedoms.

The Constitution does not call on any divinity for blessings. The Bible returns the favor–we are not “chosen” or ‘exceptional’. Americans have been poor in making arks.

To answer the expelled agenda: We only need to recall the hundreds–maybe thousands– of science teachers who were forced to suppress the science of evolution because of some parents, some school board, some preacher.

School boards need to be reminded of Matthew 6—be not as the hypocrites in displays of public piety.

This is a no-thread-hijacking zone. Take it to the Bathroom Wall or find a place in the moderation queue.

For me, here is the real dispute from the middle of the road-

As a biologist I feel anyone, especially those who champion it, who would misuse evolution- which Darwin presented as accurately and as insightful as possible for his time- to attack any faith or any one’s personal belief or the existence of God, is arrogant and belligerent, because no aspect of the theory disputes God.

But equally so as a regular church goer I feel anyone who have shut off their think-it-thoroughly-through minds, assaulting valid scientific theory with thin inaccurate attacks, is not a participant in the religiosity I understand.

As Darwin, actually a man of deep faith, said in the forward of “Origin of Species”- “we should have never placed acceptance of Genesis as explanation of our existence as a founding stone of our faith.”

I believe using deceitful constructs on either side brings intellectual immorality. Scientists attacking faith, faithful attacking science- both violate the precepts of understanding. I question any one’s motive use of natural phenomena to undermine either important and vital path of human progress and fulfilment.

“Alas, Darwinism has had a far bloodier life span than Imperialism. Darwinism, perhaps mixed with Imperialism, gave us Social Darwinism, a form of racism so vicious…”

I suggest you read “The Mismeasure of Man” by the Late great Stephen Jay Gould (co-creator of the evolutionary theory called punctuated equilibrium) if you want to understand the misuse of Darwinism since Darwin.

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