Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The "Heart of Republican Darkness" Pt 1

Is The Question

The "Heart of Republican Darkness" -that's what Andrew Sullivan called Conservapedia - especially after its totally biased and erroneous portrait of Barack Obama:

In 2007, Obama was rated the most liberal Senator by the National Journal, who had rated Senator John Kerry the most liberal senator during his presidential run as well. If elected, Obama may become the first Muslim President of the United States.

Conservapedia actually tauts itself as "trustworthy," but lacks the self-regulation that wikipedia.org has (like - "the impartiality of this article is questioned"). Of course, since it is a neocon resource, regulation is out of the question. Conservapedia is "trustworthy" only to severe Christofascists. "Creationism" (not Intelligent Design) is given a great deal of space for just about every animal, fish, bird, etc.

The search for "kangaroo" yielded four paragraphs of creationism plus these pearls of wisdom and "scientific" fact:
After the Flood, these kangaroos, bred from the Ark passengers, migrated to Australia. There is debate whether this migration happened over land with lower sea levels during the post-flood ice age, or before the super-continent of Pangea broke apart. The idea that God simply generated kangaroos into existence there is considered by most creation researchers to be contra-Biblical.
Then in short shrift:
The evolutionary view is that kangaroos and other marsupials evolved from a common marsupial ancestor which lived hundreds of millions of years ago.
The purpose of an encyclopedia is to dispense facts. True, wikipedia.org has its faults, but has been trying to sharpen credibility through citing sources and discussions about what the facts really are and how they are presented. Conservapedia does no such thing. It's much too politically and religiously motivated to make an honest attempt at the facts.

Conservapedia looks like something made up out of old FOX News transcripts.

Just a thought.