Neil deGrasse Tyson: How the 24/7 news cycle compromises science

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  • Journalists writing about science have become more science fluent over the past 20 years, but the need to be first and the practice of giving equal exposure to opposing views regardless of scientific evidence (e.g. climate change) has been detrimental to the public’s understanding of the facts.
  • Reporting on science from the “frontier” doesn’t provide the full picture because it doesn’t give scientists time to verify and re-verify the results of experiments.
  • Journalists have more power than scientists when it comes to disseminating information, so it’s their inherent responsibility to get the facts right.

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