Is this the part of the forum for rants on bullshit? If not, my bad.
So I'm really sick of watching TV and seeing things on 'oh the Mayans were the greatest astronomers in history...". No, they aren't. We are. Did the Mayans launch satellite telescopes? Chart galaxies? Find redshift? No, that was us. Sorry, TV bullshit, you're doing it wrong.
They get away with this as "some researchers believe" or "it is in dispute". These aren't cutsey ways of weasling out of making a straight up statement. These are out and out lies.
I think what I'm most pissed about is the sorry, SORRY state of science reporting in the modern world. They're so bad that they think a mostly extinct ancient culture has an astronomy program that one-up's Hubble. This is simply NOT TRUE. And there's no WAY a reporter that has then a bachelor's degree in communication believes it. This is simply irresponsible and is bad for science eduction and general technological progress.
This is exactly the same as having a discovery channel special on creationism.