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May 27, 2005

New book exposed errors in Scopes coverage

From the Baptist Press:

"It’s not the trial, but the distortion of the trial that had an impact," said Marvin Olasky, coauthor of a new book, “Monkey Business,” that seeks to set the record straight to readers whose opinions and stereotypes may be largely based on inaccurate media coverage of the 1925 trial.

"The journalistic coverage led to a stereotype in American life of essentially the smart evolutionist vs. the stupid creationist," said Olasky, editor in chief of World magazine and journalism professor at the University of Texas, Austin.

The Broadman & Holman division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention released the book that Olasky coauthored with John Perry.

Olasky said reporters flocked to the "trial of the century" with mostly selfish agendas.

"Reporters were in a propaganda frame of mind and were looking to promote their religion," he said. "It was a perfect example of how religious and ideological views of reporters strongly influence their coverage."

While researching Monkey Business, the authors examined countless newspaper accounts, conducted interviews with experts and read the official court transcript, which Perry said differs greatly from the story most people know.

"[Monkey Business] gave us the chance to unscramble the misrepresentations of what happened, of what creation science is and who creation scientists are," said Perry, editor of Home and Christian Life Review.

Of course the Scopes trial was made more famous to people today by the highly fictional account done by playwright and pedophile Jerome Lawrence, Inherit the Wind. You can read my May Fifth “Day in History” entry for more details

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 27, 2005 08:09 AM

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