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
Among the myriad facts that make the phone hacking story so extraordinary is that Mark Lewis, the brilliant lawyer representing many of the claimants, works for the London law firm Taylor Hampton, set up by Daniel Taylor, who previously spent years in-house at News International.
Rights group gets big names: Amnesty TV
Amnesty International has secured Ralph Fiennes, Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and Vanessa Redgrave for the first episodes of its new online channel, Amnesty TV.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
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Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
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Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Gaza-Israel conflict: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take to streets of London, Paris and New York in wave of protests
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- 2 Comfortable in their own skin
- 3 Japanese plant experts produce 10,000 lettuce heads a day in LED-lit indoor farm
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
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