Nick Matzke finds that Michael Finkel in the National Geographic is guilty of some sloppy reporting:
The article, for once, actually sensitively discusses the issue of DDT use, and notes accurately (for once) that environmental groups and governmental agencies were not and are not opposed to intelligent use of DDT for malaria control. However, it still has one scientist repeating the anti-environmentalist propaganda that a (mythical) DDT ban killed tens of millions of children in malarious countries. This extremely serious claim is completely unsupported by any study as far as I know. See DDT Ban Myth and Putting Myths to Bed.And surprise, surprise, this bogus claim is the one bit of the article that Glenn Reynolds thinks important enough to quote. Ed Darrell has the details.
Finkel seems to have a history of inaccurate reporting — he was fired from the New York Times for inventing details in his stories.
Hat tip to karl.