Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Roger Ebert vs. Ben Stein
Roger Ebert is the nation's most prominent film critic, but he would have made a first-rate cultural columnist. Over the years he has done excellent occasional op-ed pieces about politics and hot-button social issues that engage his brain. They have always been worth reading.
Today on his blog he produces one of his best. In it he wields the rapier of his intellect on the television entertainer Ben Stein's "Expelled," a "documentary" film that takes the side of creationism against evolution. Ebert absolutely eviscerates Stein, deftly demonstrating that his arguments are disingenuous and even dishonest.
It's an admirable performance.