Ok, poor joke, but this is a quick attack on the media (who knew?). Thanks to some helpful backlinking I found this story on Science Buzz. Basically it reports on bad science reporting and how it could be done better, with commentary from Brian Switek and a nice link to one of my essays on here about how reporters could make dinosaurs stories more accurate.
Great you may think. Not only have the media actually chosen to report on how badly the media can be at reporting on things, but have even suggested that readers and journos alike should brush up on how this all works and where they can go wrong. Cool.
Only then I found this, published just a couple of months later by the same writer and, wouldn’t you know it, utterly failing to take heed of things I had said, and he had suggest people read and advised people to follow. Why bother? I mean, really. When they even read it and know about it and tell others to do it and STILL don’t do it themselves, why bother.
Note: normally I do add comments to such stories to highlight these errors directly to the person concerned. For once I didn’t, partly becuase I’m frustrated, partly becuase it never seems to make any difference at all, and in this case becuase it’s also quite a bit late in the day for an article from June.