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This is not a new story.

First Roger Ebert Tweeted that Bill Nye (The Science Guy) was booed at an event as a "godless blasphemer" (Ebert's words). He linked to this blog post: Report: Bill Nye "The Science Guy" Exposed as Godless, Soulless Blasphemer in Texas. I saw this on Monday (April 25).

I also saw something about this story posted by a friend on Facebook, providing a link to Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Turns out this is not a new story. I'm guilty of not checking things thoroughly, though at least I only told one person about the nutcases mistreating one of my favorite scientists. Today, I came across an article published by a reporter who was there: Reporter of Bill Nye, Moonbat story speaks

Here's the thing: All the links above, except for Roger Ebert's Tweet, are from 2009. The original event happened in 2006. There was no booing, according to the last link, though there were some people who quietly walked out, offended. But the amount of rancor in the room the night Bill Nye spoke has somehow, magically, increased over the years. And this story somehow keeps coming back up, even though there's no new news here.

I've been in the reference publishing biz for a long time, and before that was a too-brief academic career, and I gotta tell you, dates are important, citations are important, and accuracy is important. There are an awful lot of stories going around the Internet that sound awful, but the complete versions are not being passed around. (Let alone that they don't get followed up on, which was part of my point with my previous post.) The sort of thing that's happened with this Bill Nye story is a big reason why I don't have a lot of faith in citizen journalism, crowdsourcing, or getting news from social media, period.


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