And NOW laddis and lassis..

July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

An oh so very interesting and informative – if somewhat late in the action – INDEPENDENT scrutiny and evaluation of science coverage by the media outfit that Rupert Murdoch has cause to declare effective competition to News Int endeavors… h/t: TP
and just everybody else untainted by corruption has a sense of well, so whyever did it try compete..?

Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, said: “The BBC has played a significant part in creating the current surge of interest in science. The way in which it covers science is generally of a very high quality. It is, however, important that the need to separate opinion from evidence in coverage of some topics has been recognised. It is important to have debate, but marginal opinion – prominently expressed but not well based on evidence – can mislead the audience. The BBC usually respects this but the challenge is to get it right all of the time.”

Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, said it was crucial for the BBC to “challenge inaccurate and misleading claims made by bloggers, campaigners and politicians who ‘reject and deny the findings of mainstream science for ideological reasons.’

“The BBC is required by law not to sacrifice accuracy for impartiality in the coverage of controversial scientific issues such as climate change. Yet it is well known that there are particular BBC presenters and editors who allow self-proclaimed climate change ‘sceptics’ to mislead the public with unsubstantiated and inaccurate statements,” he said.

ps: IMHO I couldn’t pass up mention of the Wellcome Trust early on the Saturday Show in respect of another its recipients described by Kim as spec in stats and DNA sequencing etc.. and one of the guys mentioned by TP

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