From Mallets to Chisels: Good Journalism, Bad Journalism, and Fake News
Ever since “fake news” became an inescapable phrase in late 2016, journalism professionals familiar with misinformation have made a point of defining the term carefully. But some academics and journalists seem confused.
How to Talk about Conflict of Interest
Most medical meta-studies are either unnecessary, misleading, or wrong
Attack of the 12-Foot Rats: Why Bad Math Runs Rampant
Another reason why we don’t fact-check math: there’s a tendency to ascribe truthiness to a claim with numbers in it.
Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski
“Newsweek published my feature about the cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who’s facing potential license revocation… And I got a reminder of how hard it is to write about controversial health issues.”
Trump-Rage: How Political Anger Clouds Our Thinking
The solution is not to seek some Platonic ideal of pure rationality, which is neither achievable nor desirable. Anger, managed correctly, can drive ethical action. The key is to focus on the informational content of those anger states and find the most effective ways to fashion and spread correctives.
Science Surveyor and the Quest for Consensus
Why do journalists insist on trumpeting the findings of the latest, anomalous study-ignoring the weight of all the evidence that came before?
Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking
While we’re arguably awash in more misinformation than ever before, online media have also enabled tools and sources that help us evaluate dubious claims.