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.