“fact” now “claim”

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Last updated on August 8th, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Page two of the Sunday Age carries the latest instalment in Terry Lane’s hole-digging exercise:


In Terry Lane’s Perspective column last Sunday, he referred to a claim by US group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility that rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park are forbidden from answering questions about the age of the canyon. However, the National Parks Service disputes the claim, saying its rangers use the following answer: “The principal consensus among geologists is that the Colorado River basin has developed in the past 40 million years , and that the Grand Canyon itself is probably less than five to six million years old.”

As percypup points out, Lane referred to that claim as “fact”. The Age is rewriting week-old history. (By the way, no Lane column appeared in yesterday’s paper; possibly even the Age is now tiring of him.)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/21/2007 at 11:36 AM
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