Jane McCredie: Media balancing act – MJA InSight 39, 8 October 2012 | doctorportal

8 October 2012Jane McCredie: Media balancing actAuthored byJANE MCCREDIEIssue 39 / 8 October 2012ONE of the most enthralling science stories of this year has been the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars, with its eerie pictures of arid landscapes and of an ancient dried-up streambed.But where was the balance in these reports?Why didn’t we hear from the Flat Earth Society on why the whole thing was just an elaborate hoax? Or from astrologers warning of the catastrophic effects such interplanetary exploration might have on the love lives of Librans?OK, I made that last one up but, when it comes to reporting science, some of my colleagues in the media are, to say the least, selective about which stories require the inclusion of dissenting voices and which do not.

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