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[Comment] Offline: The media—“from utopia to dystopia”

Doctors and scientists love to slam the “media”—newspaper and broadcast journalists who, they allege, twist, spin, and distort science into mortal scares or exaggerated breakthroughs. Journalists and especially their editors, so scientists often say, trade in sensationalism to drive sales. It’s a common claim. But eavesdrop on some of those same journalists and editors and you will hear a different story. Last week, at the Independent Television (ITV) studios in London, the Responsible Media Forum (not an oxymoron) convened 150 media professionals to discuss whether they were “mirrors or movers”.