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Another Case of Incorrect Journalism

August 24, 2014

imageNicholas Boer gets it wrong in SFGate, the online edition of the the San Francisco Chronicle.  Or was it CAMS director Graham Bench who got it wrong?

My tour guide, CAMS director Graham Bench, related how radiocarbon dating has helped convict elephant poachers by showing that their booty was taken after the 1989 ivory ban. By testing bits of underground wood, CAMS has measured the frequency and intensity of past earthquakes. (Interpreting this data is how the U.S. Geological Survey is able to announce the likelihood that any particular fault will produce an x magnitude earthquake in x amount of time.)

CAMS pegged Kennewick Man at circa 7500 B.C., and the Shroud of Turin came in around A.D. 1300 — a wee bit after the time of Christ, causing a lot of unwanted controversy. “But for any scientist,” says Bench, “it’s case closed.” Any object less than 50,000 years old is within CAMS reach.

CAMS pegged it?  CAMS is the the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Everyone knows (well almost) that the carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin took place in Arizona, Oxford and Zurich in 1988. Livermore’s CAMS didn’t open until 1989.

This isn’t correct, either:  “But for any scientist,” says Bench, “it’s case closed.”

It is an opinion, since many scientists disagree. The journalist should have made that clear so that Bench isn’t made to appear incorrect.

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  1. August 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    It’s often pointed out here how authentists have turned certain ‘myths’ about the Shroud into ‘accepted facts’ simply by repeating them enough. I see what’s good for the goose….

  2. Louis
    September 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Correct journalism: relaying important news. HRH Prince Charles sent a letter and donation to Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako. He is concerned about the plight of Iraqi Christians. Our Anglican blogmaster Dan will love this:

  3. Louis
    February 22, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Correct journalism:
    Obama has been talking through his hat, but he is a politician first, then probably a liberal Protestant. Fox News and the NY Post have aimed at him for the correct reason, so why should the media in general be attacked?

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