Something needs to be done. You see, most creationists, most people, in fact, do not have the attention span to watch Carl Sagan's Cosmos, read The Selfish Gene, Why Darwin Matters, or Finding Darwin's God. Yet they do have the attention span to flip through Scientific American on occasion, watch the news, or read any other pop science magazine. The problem with the pop science tabloids-er, I mean magazines- Is that they oversimplify and love to use "buzz words". For instance, I have seen, on at least one occasion, a magazine describe evolution as "long periods of time + chance". This is a gross oversimplification. Anyone who understands evolution knows that while variation might be random, the variations which become common are not. In any population with some genetic variety, evolution is simply bound to take place. Natural Selection is not random.
Even worse is when science news sites have decided to label the platypus as some wild and crazy crossbreed of birds, reptiles, and mammals. PZ Myers has taken the time to fully correct this mistaken position and explain the way it really is. Blogger Chimera Contemplations has even written us a poem about this incident, allow me to quote a few lines:
A chimera is a mythical creature
With breathing fire as a prominent feature
Part lion, part serpent, part goat but all Greek
Bellerophon and Pegasus killed this freak
In conclusion: Does it reflect poorly on creationist for only obtaining a superficial understanding of science through pop literature, or does it reflect even worse on the folks who will dumb down science to the point of distortion just so that a few extra idiots will buy it?