CORRECTION: AlterNet duped on Grand Canyon scare

It turns out that most of the claims from PEER's recent release are false or terribly misleading.

Most notable were PEER's claims are that the Grand Canyon approved a book claiming that the Grand Canyon was the result of Noah's Flood and that the "Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees."

Special thanks to Stewart N. Thorpe and to several commenters in our original post for clarifying.

The ironies abound.

The misleading claims from PEER were unearthed by Skeptic Magazine's Michael Shermer, a prominent atheist and fierce critic of the inappropriate intrusion of religion in public life, who ran with the same story we did.

Shermer found, after numerous phone calls to the Park Service, PEER's Jeff Ruch, and others, that Ruch's claim that...

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.