In Signature in the Cell:
“A protein within the ribosome known as a peptidyl transferase then catalyzes a polymerization (linking) reaction involving the two (tRNA-borne) amino acids.”
Contrast with http://www.hhmi.org/news/hhmi-researcher-thomas-steitz-wins-nobel-prize-chemistry:
“Since Thomas Cech had shown that RNA could have catalytic activity, we had suspected that the 50S subunit was basically a ribozyme,” said Steitz. "However, there was no proof. Nobody had been able to show that the RNA by itself showed catalytic properties in the absence of the protein. Now we can see that part of the reason is probably the nature of these proteins that are holding the ribosome together.
“Our structure shows that these proteins are deeply embedded in the RNA and are essential for its folding. And it shows unambiguously that the ribosome is a ribozyme because we can see where the substrate binds and there’s no protein atom near enough to that site to produce any [peptidyltransferase] catalytic activity.”
Or more blatantly, from a preceding Nobel Laureate:
Structural Biology. The Ribosome Is a Ribozyme
TR Cech. Science 289 (5481), 878-879, 2000
"…atomic resolution of the structure of the large ribosomal subunit reveals that, as predicted by those convinced of a prebiotic RNA world, RNA is the catalytic component with proteins being the structural units that support and stabilize it."
Then there’s a compensatory falsehood in which Meyer misrepresents the RNA World hypothesis:
"According to this [RNA-first] model, these RNA enzymes eventually were replaced by the more efficient proteins that perform enzymatic functions in modern cells."
Only in cases in which evolution could perform the replacement. Contrast with the paper Meyer himself cited that predicted what Steitz and others demonstrated:
"But a few RNA enzymic activities still exist, the two described recently, and possibly others in the role of ribosomal RNA or in the splicing of eukaryotic messenger RNA."
Gilbert, W., The RNA World, Nature 319:618, 1986
Gross incompetence or deliberate dishonesty?