Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Doublespeak

A nice and fairly typical example of Bush's use of doublespeak: simultaneously giving different messages to different audiences in order to disguise real intent and deflect criticism. Here it comes off as an almost comic extention of "plausible deniability".

    Bush Remarks Roil Debate on Teaching of Evolution

    At the White House, where intelligent design has been discussed in a weekly Bible study group, Mr. Bush's science adviser, John H. Marburger 3rd, sought to play down the president's remarks as common sense and old news.

    Mr. Marburger said in a telephone interview that "evolution is the cornerstone of modern biology" and "intelligent design is not a scientific concept." Mr. Marburger also said that Mr. Bush's remarks should be interpreted to mean that the president believes that intelligent design should be discussed as part of the "social context" in science classes.

    Mr. Marburger said in a telephone interview that "evolution is the cornerstone of modern biology" and "intelligent design is not a scientific concept." Mr. Marburger also said that Mr. Bush's remarks should be interpreted to mean that the president believes that intelligent design should be discussed as part of the "social context" in science classes.


Does anyone really believe that's what he meant?

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