An Oklahoma City Fox affiliate committed a divine mistake last Sunday during the premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
During a key moment in the program where host Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses the process of evolution, 15 seconds of the broadcast was interrupted by a local news promotion.
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Network KOKH Fox 25 later apologized for the interruption, blaming “operator error.” Suffice it to say that viewers were not convinced of the sincerity of that confession, given that it was literally the only portion of the program where evolution was discussed.
Sunday, during @COSMOSonTV, a local news promo was aired over a portion of COSMOS content. This was an operator error & we regret the error.
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) March 12, 2014
That said, Tyson’s voiceover probably seemed incredibly confrontational to creationists, who undoubtedly found his characterization of our ancestry a little too Bible-deficient for comfort.
“Three and a half million years ago our ancestors, yours and mine, left these traces,” Tyson said. “We stood up, and parted ways from them. Once we stood on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now we were free to look up, and wonder.”
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There’s no word yet on whether the same operator will be manning the switchboard when the show next broadcasts. But with installments titled “When Knowledge Conquered Fear” and “The Immortals” scheduled to air in the weeks to come, one imagines that a couple of really skilled editors could have a pretty interesting theological debate – if only by omitting their opponent’s counterarguments.
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