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5-star score for parody of what would be a 0-star story

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I’m very late on posting and reacting to this hilarious “The Lay Scientist” column by researcher/science writer Martin Robbins headlined, “This is a news website article about a scientific paper.

It could be the basis of an opening lecture for a science journalism course or for a science journalism conference.

Of many great lines, my favorite is this:

“This paragraph elaborates on the claim, adding weasel-words like ‘the scientists say’ to shift responsibility for establishing the likely truth or accuracy of the research findings on to absolutely anybody else but me, the journalist.”

What comes closest to the awful truth is often the funniest.

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Ken Leebow

October 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

Of course, you specialize in the health-reporting area. However, this “begs the question” – aren’t all issues (politics, war, etc.) treated in a similar manner?
Of course, the answer is a resounding…yes.
It’s a very liberating experience to tune out the noise. I recommend to all … try it, because it will assist in leading a stress-free life.

Marcus Anhäuser

October 7, 2010 at 4:39 am

The Lay Scientist ads another post for explanation:
“Why I spoofed science journalism, and how to fix it”