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Did an Oklahoma TV station censor evolution out of 'Cosmos'?


Did An Oklahoma TV Station Censor Evolution Out Of 'Cosmos'?

The premiere of "Cosmos," a rebooted science documentary series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, was ripe for some sort of controversy. But one Oklahoma TV station has come under fire for allegedly censoring the program.


Here's the original clip via Fox / "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" where Tyson mentions humanity's biological ancestors. "We stood up and parted ways with them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground."

But if you live in Oklahoma City, and were watching the show on KOKH, this is what you saw and heard:

"It's 9:45 on New Year's Eve ..."

"Coming up tonight at 9, the new evidence showing our biggest earthquake could have been man-made." (Via YouTube / Adam Bates)

Whoops. That 15-second local news spot ran right over Tyson's brief discussion of human evolution, ending only when the host returned to early human history.

KOKH apologized for the edit on Twitter Wednesday, blaming it on "operator error." You don't have to scroll very far down in the comments to see that some people aren't buying it.

And several media outlets are skeptical, too - io9 has some pretty big air quotes around the "accidental" part of this story, and Mediaite wonders if the cut was "a deliberate effort by that Oklahoma station to scrub evolution from Cosmos' premiere."

But the Los Angeles Times gives the station the benefit of the doubt, noting another scene, in which Tyson explains how life on land evolved from the oceans, was left untouched.

And a The Raw Story blogger points out KOKH can hardly keep evolution out of "Cosmos" forever.

"If this was intentional and not a mistake, so many questions arise, starting with, 'Well, how will they deal with the next episode?' You know, the one he was talking about that's coming up next, where the history of human evolution promises to be dealt with at length?"

According to Nielsen, the "Cosmos" premiere drew in 8.5 million viewers across 10 different networks.

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riteh0b@aol.com March 14 2014 at 2:43 PM

I think it a GOOD thing for all whom are interested to know how and where we, humans, came from including all the factual details of the solar system and the outer cosmos. Most of this is just recap from Brian Cox's "Wonder of the Universe" material. And quite frankly if some kid or adult is walking around thinking that the universe started 6,000+ years ago the should go right ahead and believe in that, because it will absolutely come back to bite them on the butt at some point in their life...

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Dave riteh0b@aol.com March 14 2014 at 3:01 PM

Or they'll be voted into office somewhere in a red state. :-)

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rvheaney March 14 2014 at 9:25 PM

If they believe this and you believe that .... So what ... Life is short... So get over it !

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uncle george March 15 2014 at 12:37 AM

This shouldn't be a struggle betweem the spiritual and Science. There should be room for both.
The belief that we are part of the creation exist in both
Being with the creation whether spiritually or physically is the same for both. We seem to be getting confused by time and semantics. We are in Creation and the Creation is in us. Perhaps there is where we wil find the answers without questions

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jackswem March 14 2014 at 6:31 PM

its sad

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danimalsto March 14 2014 at 5:21 PM

OK, sorry for the inbred comment, but, jeez, it's the 21st century!

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Shelby March 14 2014 at 4:51 PM

I loved the old "Cosmos" series but the new one seems too "arty". Maybe it is that I have matured since the first one.

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friartuckokc March 14 2014 at 2:17 PM

Each of us are ignorant of certain things but ignorance can be overcome with education. But there is no help nor cure for stupidity. Some of these comments seem to stem from sheer stupidity. However, that is as it should be, opinions are like noses, everybody has one and the express right to state their opinion. One saying comes to mind. None so blind as those that will not see.

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Puckmeister March 14 2014 at 2:49 PM

They should be fined a considerable amount of Money for their intentional Edit. It is BS To believe that it was an accident

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tdshamrock1 Puckmeister March 14 2014 at 2:59 PM

What are you using my 101 eagle? MSG Donlon (Ret)

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philt6135 March 14 2014 at 5:49 PM

The Aliens will get them for that.

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pgtatum7 March 14 2014 at 11:51 AM

Do a Google on ( David Livingston was Adam a Caveman. ) Click on the link Ancient Days :: Was Adam a Caveman at the very top. Interesting read.

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