Media Diary: Cure found for wild claims
Monday 11 July 2011
A fascinating spat has broken out between Ben Goldacre, The Guardian's self-appointed judge of "Bad Science", and some of his fellow science specialists on the paper.
Goldacre had previously claimed that a shocking 72 per cent of health claims made in UK national newspapers were based on "the weakest possible forms of evidence". But a Guardian science editor, James Randerson, examines the claim and finds it "unreliable". A tetchy Goldacre then posts on this online story that he is "sorry to say" that Randerson has misrepresented his research and hasn't allowed him a full blog in response. Then Guardian science writer Ian Sample weighs in on the side of Randerson. Great stuff!
Going round in legal circles: Phone hacking
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Rights group gets big names: Amnesty TV
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