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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mr. Science himself, was hosting the debut episode of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey on March 9 when the broadcast was interrupted by a TV spot about the upcoming Fox 25 primetime nightly news, according to independent news source The Raw Story.

Cosmos is a 13-episode documentary series exploring nature, science and the wonders of the universe.

While the station insists the interruption was an ill-timed accident, many viewers — including those across the country whose broadcast was unaffected by the snafu — remain unconvinced. The fact that the interruption prevented viewers from seeing the exact 15 seconds mentioning human evolution, an especially touchy subject for conservatives, doesn’t help the station’s case.

An Oklahoma affiliate of a
broadcasting company led by the, uh … colorful news reporting of Fox
News making such a specific mistake during a time when state legislators
are actively trying to sneak religion into science classes might just
be too much of a coincidence.

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