I dont think science/medicine journalism will ever catch up with ‘clergy/ministry/missionary’ for the title of ‘most useless profession’, but man, some days theyre certainly giving the Godbots a run for their money.
I opened up Google News this morning and checked out my ‘HIV’ category, and found this wonderful, educational article:
Starting with the title, there are so many erroneous conclusions in this article, I dont know what to call it. Its not ‘news’– Its like a chimera of ‘news’, white noise, and a Denyse O’Leary word salad.
… I guess another name for that is ‘garbage’…
I mean, the success of HIV/AIDS education campaigns means HIV/AIDS educational campaigns are a waste of money? Kinda like how its stupid to vaccinate against measles because no one gets measles? *facepalm*
And the fact there are more HIV-1 cases in Washington D.C. then there are in South Dakota is some great ‘admission’ that there isnt an HIV-1 epidemic?
Decreasing HIV/AIDS estimates from 40 million to 33 million is a ‘slash’? Gosh 33 million instead of 40 million, I might as well take the summer off.
Okay, well, this woman is obviously a sensationalist hack. Her other articles include “Drinking or even showering in tap water can double the risk of having deformed children, says study” and “Snake venom, snail slime and bee sting: Do you know what REALLY goes into your face creams?”. But other ‘journalists’ covering this topic didnt fare much better:
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh *rubs temples* Seriously? Seriously? ‘Dont have wear condoms, children, ‘The threat of world ‘Aids’ pandemic among heterosexuals is over’! HURRAY!!!
How does this crap get published? How does it have a market in ‘journalism’? Its not just non-information. And its not just stupid. Its harmful.
So whats my point? Hmm. I guess that more scientists should open blogs and take a moment to write about cutting edge research, and the profession of pop-science/newspaper/magazine ‘science’ writer should either shape up, cut the fat from their ranks, or disappear.