In giving a talk, he put up two "quotes" that he alleged were demonstrative of scientific illiteracy in journalism and in Congress.
Now let me say something here: Of course journalists and Congressmen are scientifically illiterate. They're barely literate in literacy.
I do not disagree with his point. These people do not understand science.
But you can't just make up quotes to prove this point. (And why would you? The point is easily made without resort to phonied-up quotes.)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson included two quotes in his talk, attributing one to "Newspaper Headline" (what the hell kind of citation is that?), and another one to "Member of Congress."
You know, "Member of Congress." That asshole.
These quotes seem suspicious on their face, and Sean Davis' attempt to discover them via Googling has not disclosed "Newspaper Headline" saying "Half of all schools in district are below average" (get it? Duh, of course they're below average! Except... um, usually less than half are below average, because a lot are in fact average), nor "Member of Congress" saying "I have really turned my thinking 360 degrees on this issue" (get it? turning around 360 degrees faces you in the direction you began at! How dumb!!).
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