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CBS and Noah's Ark From: djones@megatest.com (Dave Jones) Message-ID: Okay, I brought in the article. It ran on the AP wire and was reported by The San Jose Mercury News. Here is a synopsis: * The show, which contained segments other than the one on Noah's Ark, was produced by the Utah-based Sun International Pictures cult. * The show was called to task by the "Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion", which AP calls an organization of "scientists, biblical scholars, and other specialists". They charged that the show was "riddled with biased statements and errors of fact." They said it was a "propaganda vehicle for 'creationists' opposed to the theory of evolution." * CBS defended itself by saying the show was meant for entertainment only, not as factual. [snicker!] * Time magazine reported that CBS was the 'victim of a hoaxer'. * Parttime actor George Jammal admited that he had fabricated the story of the Ark's discovery, and that the purported Ark relic was a common piece of wood. Jammal had never been to Turkey, and knew nothing about "Mt. Ararat". * Gerald Larue, professor emeritus of biblical history and archaeology at USC said he helped Jammal make up the story. Larue, who had been interviewed on a previous Sun International pseudo-science program, said he helped with the prank in order to expose Sun's lax research practices. * Dave Balsinger, chief researcher and field producer for Sun, said, "We couldn't test the wood in time for our deadline, but we were very thorough in checking (Jammal) out."

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