If you are a business person or a general civilian interested in diabetes or other health news, where do you get your information? In an era of information overload, we often rely on trusted sources, and newspapers such as the New York Times are certainly one of these. A commentary released in Nature today touches on not just fake news, but how science reporters often do not perform the due diligence their jobs require; judging the source of their information, looking for confirmation, not repeatedly using the same source. The Nature article references a report by the American Council on Science and Health (see link to report and informative infographic below), which found that a lot of major newspapers fared poorly. I don’t mean to only pick on the New York Times here, but I have often been struck, when talking to business leaders and others with an interest in health and wellness, that much of their information comes from reading in the Times or Wall Street Journal. I use the Times as a trusted source for U.S. and world news, and feel that their in these areas is more thoughtful than their often lazy approach to health and wellness news. Not all popular sources fared poorly; the Guardian, The Economist and The Atlantic got good reports. I hope that you will find our digests here to be helpful and trustworthy.
See Nature article here.
Article on science news sites with infographic here.