Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Are TV health reporters qualified?

Apparently they’re not held to the same standard of health reporting as meteorologists are in their field, according to this piece from Columbia Journalism Review. Would training and certification fix the problem? According to Gary Schwitzer, the author of this piece, “TV health news viewers get no indication of whether the forecaster of issues affecting human health knows hope from hype, good science from bad.” Mostly bad, from what I’ve seen.

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