KSJ Tracker Tag: denialists

July 21, 2014


Vaccine denialists, climate denialists: When should journalists report what they're saying?

Keith Kloor's interesting piece in The Washington Post Magazine on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s anti-vaccine crusade includes this interesting fact: "All six of his children--ages 13-29--have been fully vaccinated."

That's a bit of a surprise in the family of man who is probably second only to the sometime actress Jenny McCarthy in the zeal with which he has attacked vaccines. But it doesn't seem to have dampened Kennedy's anti-vaccine efforts. The issue concerns a mercury-containing preservative called thimerosal, once used in a lot of childhood vaccines but not used only in some flu vaccines, Kloor ...

May 30, 2014

Solar panels drain sun's energy, experts warn! (But see *Disclaimer.)

[Editor's note: O.K., this is embarrassing to have to admit, but faithful Tracker readers responded almost immediately to let me know that the National Report is a parody site. It's a measure of my cynicism, I suppose, that I took the darn thing seriously. And just to show I'm too big a person to try to bury my shame, I'm going to leave this post up. I hope you enjoy it.--PR]


Feeling a little chilly today? That's not surprising.

And here's why: Solar energy panels around the world are sucking energy out of the sun, "possibly with catastrophic consequences far worse than global warming."

This "news" comes from the "National Report," which describes itself as "America's #1 independent news team" and features head shots of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin on its home page.

March 6, 2013

The Liberals' war on science? Don't believe it, says Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney, the adept chronicler of the Republican brain and fierce avenger of science denialism wherever he finds it, is unhappy. The reason? A persistent "bad idea that circulates and recirculates with such frequency that once in a while, you just have to dust off your mallet" and give it a whack.

"I'm talking about the idea that when it comes to misusing or abusing science, both sides do it—a pox on both their houses—and the left is really just as bad as the right," he writes at Mother Jones. The idea's latest incarnation, the one that caught Mooney's eye, is a piece by Michael Shermer that appeared in Scientific American recently under the headline, "The Liberals' War on Science."

January 28, 2013

Comments, spam, trolls, and free speech.

Bora Zivkovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia when it was still Yugoslavia, but he was born again into the world of science blogging. As one of the founders of the annual Science Online conference (or unconference, as they like to call it), an editor at Scientific American, a prolific blogger himself, and the author of 111,418 tweets as of this morning, Zivkovic uses, understands and pushes the boundaries of the science blogging world as well as anyone.

So when he decides to assess the current state of blog commenting, it's worth paying attention.