Further to: Forrest Mims (who should know) on Scientific American’s recent PC police swoop (“The ruination of the legacy of a once great magazine”), now science writer AlexBerezow weighs in at Real Clear Science:
For science journalists, political affiliation shouldn’t be a problem because the job of a science writer is to report data and facts. Yet, it is a problem. As Hank Campbell and I detailed in our book, Science Left Behind, science journalists are quick to point out unscientific flaws in Republican statements and policies, but shy away from doing the same for Democrats. (Thankfully, this is slowly beginning to change, as more journalists are rebuking Democrats for being opposed to GMOs.)
The left-wing echo chamber that is the modern-day science newsroom has resulted in some very troubling controversies. A recent outbreak of political correctness has resulted in the termination of a Scientific American blogger who committed the unspeakable crime of giving a favorable review to a controversial book on genetics by New York Times writer Nicholas Wade and for defending Richard Feynman against exaggerated accusations of sexism.
Berezow ends with, “Unfortunately, political correctness is a disease with no cure.”
Actually there is a cure. Stop reading. Stop listening. Stop watching. Stop funding. Find your own, independent media and think for yourself and let others do the same.
It’s your right, but only if you exercise it.
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