Bad News: We Made it All Up!
In just the past week: Duke University admitted that its researchers had falsified or fabricated data that were used to get $113 million in EPA grants – and advance the agency’s air pollution and “environmental justice” programs.
A New England Journal of Medicine (NJEM) article and editorial claimed the same pollutants kill people – but blatantly ignored multiple studies demonstrating that there is no significant, evidence-based relationship between fine particulates and human illness or mortality.
In an even more outrageous case, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science’s journal Science published an article whose authors violated multiple guidelines for scientific integrity. [I snipped out a really sciency sentence here. -Dave]
Not only did the authors’ own data contradict that assertion – they kept extensive data out of their analysis and incorporated only what supported their (pre-determined?) conclusions.
[FYI: I also created new paragraphs in the text, just for clarity. – Dave]
If someone says they are unsure or unconvinced about Man Made Global Warming, then they are accused of being anti-science. If someone is critical of individual reporting, suddenly they are considered to be anti-First Amendment or anti journalist.
You know who really make it hard for journalists and scientists?
Charlatans is their ranks. The people who have an agenda, and are determined to shape the world to fit. Some care more about their agenda than the facts.
Update: From the world of journalism, where the political science is settled:
The Washington Post built an entire story around this — a story that blames right-wing talk radio for a left-wing crackpot opening fire on a baseball field full of Republicans, because they are Republicans.
Let that sink in: the Washington Post blames right-wing talk radio for a left-winger’s assassination attempt on Republican politicians.