18 JAN 2013 by ideonexus

 The Journalist's Responsibility in Health Science Reporting

Given that published medical findings are, by the field’s own reckoning, more often wrong than right, a serious problem with health journalism is immediately apparent: A reporter who accurately reports findings is probably transmitting wrong findings. And because the media tend to pick the most exciting findings from journals to pass on to the public, they are in essence picking the worst of the worst. Health journalism, then, is largely based on a principle of survival of the wrongest. (Of...
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If 2/3rds of research papers are wrong, then reporters are communicating bad and dangerous data to readers of their health news. Even worse, with conflicting research on different health issues, reporters are able to craft any thesis they like by cherry-picking for the journals.

28 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Science Bloggers Blast Science Reporting Without Expandin...

...the typical blog mode is to find an individual piece of science reporting with some particular failing and blast it—without addressing or even raising the broader issue of what's really going on in the media industry. One science logger. University of Toronto biochemist Larry Moran, even put it this way in a discussion of the widespread job losses facing science reporters: "Science journalists h have let us down. I say good riddance."
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Science bloggers helped destroy science journalism