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Should be compulsory reading for all would-be journalists,
This review is from: Bad Science (Paperback)
What a fantastic book - and what an important book.
Science is routinely ridiculed to the point of absurdity by the nation's press, a shameful and disgraceful trend that is making an international mockery of our scientific achievements and the great men and women who have strived over the past hundred years to ensure we live a long and disease-free life.
As Ben Goldacre rightly points out, the newspapers don't dumb down the finance pages, the sports sections or the literature pull-outs - but science stories in Britain's media are ALWAYS overly-simplistic takes on real science, boiled down to a byline - some daft 'miracle' cure, "x cures/causes cancer", nonsense equations concerning lifestyle choices paid for by travel companies, or, the most damaging of all, a good old-fashioned scare story.
A terror campaign. Wrought by the media.
When children start dying of measles again as a result of the media's hysterical reaction to ONE dodgy report (since utterly discredited) falsely linking MMR to autism by ONE doctor with a vested interest, I hope the editors, sub-editors and their writing staff take responsibly for their crimes and compensate the bereaved families accordingly.
Although how you adequately compensate someone for the death of a child is anyone's guess.
Read Bad Science. The world will seem a very different place when you've finished.