A dangerous balancing act: On matters of science, a well‐meaning desire to present all views equally can be an Trojan horse for damaging falsehoods

EMBO Reports
Volume 20 Issue 8 1 August 2019
https://www.embopress.org/toc/14693178/current

 

Science & Society
9 July 2019 Open Access
A dangerous balancing act: On matters of science, a well‐meaning desire to present all views equally can be an Trojan horse for damaging falsehoods
David Robert Grimes
Journalistic impartiality is a laudable aim, but overly rigid application of unbiased reporting may do more harm than good. The issue of false balance in science reporting has severe consequences for health and the environment.