Science in the popular media …

16 Mar

From “Sound Science” to Science in the Popular Media:  The Problem of Sifting Out Correct Information from Media Spin and why we need agencies like the FDA and Peer-Reviewed Science like we have at present to help us make more informed choices on public interest issues.

… And from issues of “sound science” to the highs and lows of ‘pop media science’ (or how LRC terms it “State-sponsored “science.”

I’m not going to endorse a position either way here, be it for these studies that Mark Sisson or Denise Minger take issue with or on the red meat argument.  Still, I have a question, if we can’t trust this science, whose can we trust and what’s to sanction its validity as scientific research?  I’m happy to follow the libertarian line on many issues, but here is a case where it helps to have authoritative public agencies like the FDA to assist individuals in making more informed health choices for themselves.

Not so easy always to separate fact from fiction on these matters, especially when both sides in the “studies” question are waging a PR battle for people’s sympathies.  That’s why we have peer-reviewed science; it helps separate the wheat from the chaff on these sorts of issues.

But apart from that, the point here is well-taken.  Popular media reports can be a real problem, be it on science-related topics or any other public interest story.


Will Eating Red Meat Kill You?

by Denise Minger

Mark’s Daily Apple

This is another special guest post from our favorite study-dismantler, Denise Minger. Read all of her previous Mark’s Daily Apple articles here, here, here and here, pay her website a visit, and stay tuned for her upcoming book “Death by Food Pyramid” due out later this year.


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