Archive for Sunday, September 11, 2005

Daily Show’ to focus on evolution this week

September 11, 2005


In the art imitates life, science and Kansas politics department, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" will air a four-day report on the controversy over evolution.

"Evolution Schmevolution" will air nightly at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central.

Ben Karlin, executive producer of the popular comedy, news and talk show, said Stewart and company would settle once and for all the debate over evolution.

"There will be no more discussion on evolution after our four shows," Karlin said.

Debate over evolution has been raging in Kansas for the past six years.

In 1999, conservatives on the State Board of Education adopted science standards for public school students that de-emphasized evolution. But those standards were reversed when moderates regained control of the board.

But recently, with conservatives holding a 6-4 majority, the board adopted standards that include criticism of evolution that were promoted by proponents of intelligent design, which claims a master planner developed life.

Karlin said show producers decided to do the series because of the recent debate in Kansas and comments by President Bush that schools should discuss intelligent design alongside evolution.

But Karlin said none of the show was filmed in Kansas.

"We were thinking for while about going to Kansas, but we ended up shooting in and around New York, Dayton, Tennessee, California and the Bronx Zoo," Karlin said.

He said the zoo was a good substitute for the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin's studies of animal life formed the basis for his theory of evolution.

Bill Wagnon, a member of the State Board of Education whose district includes Lawrence, said he hoped the show would increase interest in politics and education.

But Wagnon, who supports the teaching of evolution, said the negative attention Kansas has received over the issue "is starting to wear thin."


Jeff Barclay 12 years, 7 months ago

Question: And why is this front page news? The Daily Show? Sort of demonstrates the absence of credible spokespeople for evolution doesn't it? Evolutionists had their opportunity to argue with evidence at the hearings in Topeka. All they could muster was an angry attorney. Kansas argued for truth when we made ourselves a free state. Do evolutionists realize that evolution has been an argument for racism? The truth sets us free!

Shardwurm 12 years, 7 months ago

I can't wait for all the posts from the local thugs here telling us how bad Kansas looks to the rest of the world and blah blah blah.

You know what? Who gives a rip what they think?

What, you're not going to win the Miss USA contest because you're from Kansas? Has Christmas been cancelled? Oh wait - you don't celebrate Christmas.

Well, you know what I mean.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 7 months ago

Actually, it again demonstrates the sorry state of journalism in this country that a comedy show is at the forefront of covering critical issues. At least they don't deny that the main point of their show is get a few laughs, unlike that joke of a "fair and balanced" network you probably get most of your "news" from.

yourworstnightmare 12 years, 7 months ago

There is no such thing as an "evolutionist" This is a nonsense term put forward by the intemperate idealogues of the radical right to make an "us versus them" situation. Same with "Darwinists". No such thing. Just "scientist".

lunacydetector 12 years, 7 months ago

someone can be a Christian and believe in evolution.

lunacydetector 12 years, 7 months ago

i've watched the Daily Show and find it scary that liberals get their news from this so-called comedy show. frankly, i don't think it has been funny since craig kilborn (and even then, it wasn't that funny, except for the expose' on Olestra)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 7 months ago

I find it scary that a "so-called comedy" show provides better news coverage than a so-called "fair and balanced" news network.

But if you support this sick joke of an administration, I can see why you wouldn't find much humor in the Daily Show.

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