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Colbert Challenges Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Not Be ‘Fair and Balanced’ on Science and Religion?

Neil deGrasse Tyson spent the majority of his record tenth appearance on The Colbert Report last night promoting his new Fox series Cosmos. But, as Stephen Colbert promised, the real fireworks began after a commercial break when the host started needling Tyson over recent comments he has made about the media’s failed attempts to give religion and science equal weight. “Don’t you want to be fair and balanced?” he asked.

“That would be a waste of everyone’s time,” Tyson replied. “Once a scientific truth emerges from a consensus of experiments and observations, it is the way of the world.”

“Is the science in on science?” Colbert asked.

The “good thing about science,” Tyson shot back, echoing comments he has made in the past, is that “it’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works.” While he granted Colbert the ability to say whatever he wants in this country because he has a right to free speech, he stressed that that doesn’t mean everything he says will be correct.

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