Roger Moore asks,
What is Ben Stein afraid of?
That’s his headline for a column in today’s Orlando Sentinel.
It’s funny, really. Ben Stein knew going into this that there would be controversy, antagonism, even ridicule. That’s what Expelled is about. Does Moore think he just suddenly, at this late date, discovered there might be some opposition out there? When he signed up for this was he acting like someone controlled by fear?
Moore said the press conference call last week was “over-controlled.” I have no experience with other press conference calls. I do know that if all callers had been able to speak, it would have been nothing but noise and a complete waste of time. Could they have invited a handful of reporters to speak? I don’t know. Maybe. Would P.Z. Myers have been a good choice as an impartial representative of the press? You can answer that as well as I.
Moore links to Ned Potter’s ABC Science and Society report on the press conference. Potter links to the invitation Myers received for the press conference–the Panda’s Thumb version, that is, the one that completely misrepresents the invitation. Potter also links to Myers’s version of the call. Nice, balanced coverage represented there.
What is Ben Stein afraid of? He’s not afraid of the controversy, that’s for sure. Unbalanced reporting like this has characterized this debate for years, and he knew it going in.