Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Liberty University Debate Team

This is an interesting story. Look out, my liberal friends; Liberty's gonna getcha!

Chortling at the hypothetical discomfiture of lefties aside, there's a classic correction at the bottom of the story:

Correction: In the original version of this report, NEWSWEEK misquoted Falwell as referring to "assault ministry." In fact, Falwell was referring to "a salt ministry"—a reference to Matthew 5:13, where Jesus says "Ye are the salt of the earth." We regret the error.

No doubt, no doubt.

1 comment:

Jim Lippard said...

However, Liberty University's alleged #1 rating is actually bogus... see the details here:

http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2006/03/liberty_debate_team_take_3.php
http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2006/01/liberty_university_1_in_debate.php

Liberty has never even made the top 32 teams in the National Debate Tournament. They can't remotely compete against any of the top varsity teams. They were ranked #1 in the Fall 2005 "overall" category by accumulating the most points, which they've accomplished by attending smaller events and avoiding most debates with any of the tough varsity teams. They did, however, beat one of the Harvard varsity teams.

As Ed Darrell commented on the second of the above posts (which also has comment from a Liberty U. Debate Assistant Director, Michael Hall), "It's like ranking high school football programs nationally on the basis of points scored and kids playing, and then saying that high school football is superior to college football because high school kids score more points and make more yards."

Liberty's misrepresentation of their accomplishment is dishonest, and the fact that the media keep falling for it is poor reporting.