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Media hype? It's not as bad as it seems

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1140
  1. David Spurgeon, freelance journalist
  1. Quebec, Canada

    Researchers are often quick to blame the media for inaccuracies and distortions in reporting on health matters (BMJ 2003;327: 688). But what if it turns out that newspapers are being unfairly criticised? A Canadian study of media coverage of genetic research shows that the charges are not well founded and that in most cases the media gets it right (CMAJ 2004;170: 1399-407).

    “Our data suggest that the majority of newspaper articles accurately convey the results and reflect the claims made in scientific journal articles,” say the reports authors, Tania M Bubela and Timothy A Caulfield of the University of Albertas …

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