Promos for local TV news accidentally interrupt regular programming occasionally, but when an ad for KOKH, the Oklahoma City Fox affiliate, cut a few seconds out of Sunday night’s airing of the premiere of the new “Cosmos” series, people got much angrier about it than usual.
A few online critics said they believed the interruption was intentional because the 15-second part of the show that didn’t air was a statement by host Neil deGrasse Tyson about evolution. The missing quote, according to The Wire
Three and a half million years ago, our ancestors — yours and mine left these traces. We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder.
After some complaints, the station took to Twitter on Wednesday night to say the whole thing was an accident:
That did not convince everyone. Almost every response to that tweet accuses the station of having interrupted the show on purpose.
One commenter demanded that the station re-air the show in its entirety, in primetime. KOKH will do just that. The first episode of the new “Cosmos” will air again Saturday night at 7 p.m. local time, according to an apology on the station’s website
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It stands to reason that Oklahomans might be on edge when it comes to the topic of evolution. A pair of what critics call “anti-science” bills
are making their way through the state legislature this year.