Thanks to Linheraptor, Xixianykus and the feeding traces,I think I have been dealing directly more with the media in the last three weeks than the preceding three years. While it could be considered true that on occasion I might be less than impressed with the media coverage of science (and with good reason), I have also encountered a new raft of writers who have gone to the trouble of actually fact checking, asking for information, reading papers, communicating things accurately, not turning ‘maybes’ into ‘dids’ and more.
Of course, not everything written makes it into print and I’m aware of several stories that never made it. As such, some of the better things done by better people are not out there and I can’t link to them. This is especially ironic given that in a number of cases this appears to be becuase the editor didn’t think the story was good enough, despite the fact that dozens of other news outlets ran the story, typically by cribbing it from someone else and making it less accurate. Thanks.