The Oliver Curry thing explained.October 29, 2007
I didn’t post about the ridiculous evolutionary story peddled as science by the BBC because it was all over the bloggotubes and the press misrepresenting science is pretty ho-hum to me. There’s an unnatural law that says you should never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence, which I think in general works well. But in these case, as Ben Goldacre of the Guardian points out at Bad Science, this case is actually more complicated.
How does this happen? The “research” – or “essay” – was paid for by Bravo, a bikini and fast car “men’s TV channel” celebrating its 21st year in operation…[SNIP]…I spoke to friends on other newspapers (the Guardian didn’t cover the story, mercifully) who told me they had stand up rows with news desks, explaining that this was not a science news story. But the selective pressure on national newspapers is for journalists who compliantly write up this kind of commercial puff nonsense as “science news”, while religious fundamentalism of all varieties is conquering the world. Bravo!