Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I’ve frequently criticised the newsmedia for their shallow reporting on scientific studies (including social science) as well as statistics generally. Today I read “This is a news website article about a scientific paper” on The Guardian’s site. It’s by Martin Robbins for his “The Lay Scientist” blog (header shown above), and he skilfully skewers journalists using exactly the same techniques that I’ve criticised them for using.

And, as a bonus, it’s great to see someone use real satire, and not just snarkiness. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in science reporting in the mainstream media.

Update: The bad link has now been fixed.


Roger Owen Green said...

got some extry code in the URL of the link

Arthur Schenck said...

Thanks, Roger. All fixed now. Blogger adds extra code if there's a space at the start of a link (as happens sometimes with cutting and pasting a link). I usually catch that, but sometimes it sneaks through…