On a further note, I should note an interesting assignment one of the psychology classes gave
We were told to get a news article about science, and then go back to the original study article (published in a scientific journal). We were to then compare the news portrayal with what the study actually states. We then shared our results with each other
About half of us reported flaws in the medias presentation. A few found extremely bad reporting of the studies.
They ranged from things like
1. leaving out the researcher’s admission that other variables needed to be studied.
2. Leaving out crucial detials of samples used in the studies.
This course taught me to be very skeptical of using the news as a source.