All week the CBS Early Show has been doing promos about how its Saturday program would be featuring a segment on the historicity of the Easter story, "Fact or Faith?" When I first heard this I groaned, because this is the same TV show that regularly broadcasts absolutely ridiculous, sensationalistic and often contradictory medical factoids -- supermarket-tabloid stuff along the lines of "Is Your Coffee Killing You?" (usually followed a couple of weeks later by another breathless announcement, "Coffee -- It's Good For You!") -- as "medical news"; this annoys me so much, in fact, that the last time they featured one of these dumb segments I e-mailed CBS and told them to stop insulting viewers' intelligence.
So, anyway, I tuned in this morning and watched the maybe three-minute discussion of the Gospels' historicity. It was, bar none, the frigging stupidest interview I have ever heard in my life, and that includes interviews with politicians. Here's a nano-version of the interview:
So -- did this stuff in the Bible actually happen?
Um...we really don't know.
Actually, that wasn't the nano-version; that was pretty much the interview.
They really should not let morning-show TV personalities anywhere near the topics of religion or science, because most of them can't handle either. And the producers and editors of such shows should be subjected to slappage. Idiots.