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Science Reporting - RIP

Iain Hollingshead on the reporting of science in the media | Media | The Guardian

....The Daily Telegraph's science correspondent, Nic Fleming, is believed to be in negotations over plans to make his role redundant and, should he go, there do not seem to be plans to replace him. The Telegraph declined to comment on his possible departure. The situation has reinforced the view that the media fail to recognise science's popularity with, or relevance to, the public. Reporting is either dumbed down, sensationalised, or spiked by executives with humanities degrees and an inability to distinguish one end of a hybrid embryo from another.

While science journalists proudly trace their origins back to JG Crowther in the 1920s, doomsayers fear their field is being slowly invaded by technology correspondents (who first appeared in 1985), encroached on by health correspondents and made to seem marginal by the more recent obsession with the environment. "All science hacks are left with is the throwaway crap like 'Dinosaurs may have died of Aids' - which could be taken straight off the wires by a kid on work experience," says one former broadsheet science correspondent....

Quite, when did you last read anything worthwhile in the dead tree media about science? Thank goodness for the blogs.

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The MSM does not have the resources, especially time but also literate reporters, to read studies, only the press releases. E.g., talking a recent bit in much of the media linking being "overweight" with having cancer and promoting diet changes and vastly-increased exercise (a surprose, since the study wa done by a professional association of physical-education teachers, yes?) it takes bloggers to actually read the study and write -
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http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2008/04/compassionate-message-was-lost.html

" To put it simply, they were said to have found:
------ Fat people were more likely to be cancer survivors.
------ Sedentary people were more likely to be cancer survivors.
This was seen as bad news."

"Blaming cancer patients for the side effects of chemotherapy is beyond heartless.'

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