This video shows John Oliver discussing how and why media outlets so often report untrue or incomplete information as science.
Any journalist worth his byline needs to check his facts before getting his story into print. News or feature stories in the scientific or technical realm often require journalists to read up a significant amount of literature. However, on several occasions, it just isn’t possible for a journalist to run across various institutions or verify facts from numerous sources before completing a story. The pressures of 24×7 news and a fast-moving world seldom leave them with enough time to handle such tasks. Hence, journalists have to invariably turn to experts from various fields with access to the necessary resources.
As a result, journalists have increasingly come to rely on their contacts within academia to get relevant information for such stories. One of the major challenges while working on such assignments is that the right expert is not always available at the right time.
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