I just read a nice piece by Chris Mooney on media coverage of science issues, particularly related to climate change. He talks about how the press tend to give undeserved airtime to proponents of viewpoints which have been rejected by the scientific community, in an effort to appear balanced. What’s the solution? Pay more attention to the consensus view of experts in the field, and the accumulated literature.
CJR November/December 2004: Blinded by Science