Terrific little insight in to how Ben Stein is getting his “science is flawed because it excludes God” movie Expelled made. He (or rather, his producers) are lying to people they interviewed, talking to them about other subjects, and then carefully removing quotes from context to say something completely different.

Why were they so dishonest about it? If Mathis had said outright that he wants to interview an atheist and outspoken critic of Intelligent Design for a film he was making about how ID is unfairly excluded from academe, I would have said, “bring it on!” We would have had a good, pugnacious argument on tape that directly addresses the claims of his movie, and it would have been a better (at least, more honest and more relevant) sequence. He would have also been more likely to get that good ol’ wild-haired, bulgy-eyed furious John Brown of the Godless vision than the usual mild-mannered professor that he did tape. And I probably would have been more aggressive with a plainly stated disagreement between us.

I mean, seriously, not telling one of the sides in a debate about what the subject might be and then leading him around randomly to various topics, with the intent of later editing it down to the parts that just make the points you want, is the video version of quote-mining and is fundamentally dishonest.

I don’t mind sharing my views with creationists, and do so all the time. By filming under false pretenses, much like the example of the case of Richard Dawkins’ infamous “pause”, they’ve undercut their own credibility ? not that that will matter. I suspect their audience will not question whatever mangling of the video that they carry out, and the subterfuges used to make it will not be brought up.

Read the whole article for a better view of how exactly PZ Myers ended up in the film.

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  • hmmm, I wonder where they learned that technique?

  • If you mean to imply Michael Moore, (a) I can’t recall a single example of him lying about what he wishes to talk to people about, and (b) claims of his editing deceptions are vastly overblown.

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