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Why is the news media comfortable with lying about science?

When the news industry catches its own making up the content of a news story—especially involving politicians—the result is typically scandal, firings, and some public soul-searching. Why isn’t the same true when it comes to science?

2 Responses to Why is the news media comfortable with lying about science?

  1. For many, they can’t tell the difference between good science and bad science, so they throw their hands up.

    The rest, well, it’s too much to expect The National Post to publish the thousands of mea culpas required, isn’t it?

  2. For many, they can’t tell the difference between good science and bad science, so they throw their hands up.

    But that doesn’t answer the real question which is: why is this permissible? Such shoddy reporting isn’t acceptable when covering political or economic issues.

    And that doesn’t even begin to address the issue of purposely misrepresenting the science as happed recently with Mojib Latif.

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