It's Tuesday, and I'm remiss in not mentioning last Friday's On Science Blogs by Tabitha M. Powledge, as I usually do on Fridays or Mondays.
I was particularly interested in her discussion in this issue of a philosophical point that I could summarize, I suppose, by saying that we are all Jonah Lehrer. (He's the disgraced journalist who is trying--and so far failing--to resuscitate his cold, dead journalism career.)
Yes, the crack about Lehrer is an overstatement. But here's the point: We're talking not just about the transgressions of a journalistic fabulist, but of the distortions inherent in all of journalism:
...this is not only a failure of the entire field of science reporting, whether on blogs or in published outlets (or both), but of the very field and profession of journalism itself....