Chris Matthews, you’ve disappointed me.
Yesterday, he brought Republican Congressman Mike Pence on his show to ask how Republicans could be so anti-science when they know so little about it. Pence knew next to nothing about evolution and Matthews delivered an excellent smackdown.
Today, to continue the same discussion, Matthews had on former Republican Congressman Tim Tancredo. Tancredo, if you don’t remember, was one of the three Republican presidential candidates who raised his hands and said he did not accept evolution (along with Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee).
On the show, Tancredo went on and on about Intelligent Design… Matthews said absolutely nothing in response. It was pathetic.
A partial transcript:
Tancredo: … When you look at this very carefully, and believe me, I’m not a theologian. I’m not a scientist. I’m just a layman that looks at the evidence I have in front of me… and when you do look at it carefully, it does seem to me that the one is equal to the other in terms of the number of people who support it… their backgrounds, the research that’s out there. It’s not so clear cut.
You know, even Darwin said in order to prove evolution — his kind of evolution — you would need literally thousands — maybe millions — of fossils that were transitional. We should be able to find them. But of course we haven’t been able to find them…
I certainly believe evolution occurs within species naturally. Humans beings have grown tolerant over time… that’s certainly true. But crossing of species — There is no evidence of that. You have to make an assumption. And I’m just saying that assuming that is just as tough as assuming that there’s Intelligent Design.
It’s every misguided, unsupported, untrue Creationist belief rolled into one ignorant tirade.
I’m currently reading Jerry Coyne‘s excellent new book Why Evolution is True which addresses and debunks every single issue Tancredo brings up. There are plenty of transitional fossils and macroevolution does occur.
Meanwhile, Matthews just went on to his next question. He did ask how ID was different from theistic evolution, but nothing he asked addressed the garbage coming out of Tancredo’s mouth.
What horrible journalism.
(Thanks to Rebecca for the link!)