Science and Journalism (from Bishopblog)

Dorothy Bishop has a posting Science and journalism: an uneasy alliance that is very worth reading.

Excerpt:

So here we come to the nub of the matter, and the reason why scientists tend to get cross about misleading reporting: it is not just down to human error. The errors aren’t random: they fall in a particular pattern suggesting that pressure to produce good stories leads to systematic distortion, in a distinctly Orwellian fashion. Dodgy reporting comes in three kinds: propaganda, hype and omission.

Fits in well with some of the posts we’ve written around this same topic:

1. The persistence of illogical statements; three failing filters

2. Promising treatment for lung cancer and the press

3. SCOOP! Leaked UPA Guidelines for Tobacco Reporting

-Paul L. Bergen

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