Phony Arkaeology

In a pseudo documentary, CBS falls victim to a hoaxer

"This piece of wood is so precious -- and a gift from God." These moving words were spoken reverently by George Jammal as he displayed the relic that he said had come from Noah's ark. His appearance was one of the highlights of The Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark, a two-hour prime-time special that aired on CBS in February. What the network didn't know -- and didn't bother to find out -- was that Jammal was a hoaxer and that large segments of its program were based on blatant and ludicrous pseudo science.

Jammal had obtained the wood, he unblinkingly told...

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