Here’s a perfect example of bad reporting.
John Trumbo of the Tri-City Herald in Washington state wrote an article about Greg Morgan, a local man who recently found an unusual sandstone formation. And there’s only one conclusion he can draw from it:
Morgan, who is a mechanical engineer and worked in the aviation industry before coming to Hanford, said he was shocked when he first saw a picture of The Wave because it contradicted his original thinking about an ancient Earth and evolution.
Morgan, who became a Christian as an adult and takes the Bible literally, said the convoluted formations at Paria Canyon forced him to consider there must be another explanation.
“This is excellent evidence for Noah’s flood. It is far better than what anyone believes for an ancient Earth,” Morgan said.
Before you dismiss him offhand, Trumbo writes that Morgan has been published in a journal!
Surely, there’s a credible scientist cited somewhere in the piece who can offer a more accurate perspective on what Morgan found:
Morgan’s photographs of The Wave and his article, “Flood Currents Frozen in Stone,” are in the latest issue of Answers magazine, a quarterly publication of Answers in Genesis, a Christian creation research organization based in Petersburg, Ky. The nonprofit organization’s 70,000-square-foot facility also houses the Creation Museum
Andrew Snelling, who has a doctorate in geology and is a content editor for Answers magazine, said two items of evidence at Paria Canyon point to a massive flood event.
One concerns analysis of grinds in the sandstone at Paria, which match mineral sources in the Appalachians. It would take a lot of wave action to move sand that far, he said.
No, I said credible scientist, not a lackey for the Creation Museum.
Not a single non-Creationist is quoted in the piece. It’s just a long article masquerading as news without a shred of scientific evidence to support Morgan’s claim. And it’s not like Washington lacks any universities where Trumbo could’ve spoken to a professor of this stuff.
I know newspapers are desperate to sell copies, but finding the craziest person in town and claiming his nutball theory is valid isn’t the way to do it.
Find a real scientist. Get a qualified perspective on this story. Then print an apology for your own incompetence as a reporter and print a proper version of this story. I’ll even suggest a headline: “Local Man’s Geological Ignorance Dupes Gullible Reporter.”
(Thanks to Claudia for the link)