[funsec] An obvious canard

Brandon Enright bmenrigh at ucsd.edu
Mon Nov 8 14:23:49 CST 2010


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On Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:27:30 -0800
"Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah" <rMslade at shaw.ca> wrote:

> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11711228
> 
> Clearly they are lying.  If this had really happened, the universe
> would have been instantly destroyed, and replaced by something
> weirder.
> 
> (Wait a minute ...)

Headline != article.  The sentences that mention the big bang are:

"This way, they hope to learn more about the plasma the Universe was
made of a millionth of a second after the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago."

and:

"This plasma is believed to have existed just after the Big Bang."


They should be chided misrepresenting the article with an inaccurate
headline but all media does this about every topic, not just science.

For example, today on CNN: "Man loses 27 lbs. on Twinkie diet".  If you
read the article, twinkies are a small part of what he was eating.


Brandon

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