Author: Meg Marquardt

Though she started a bench scientist, Meg realized enjoyed writing about science even more. She is a PhD student in composition and rhetoric at UW-Madison.

That the media distorts scientific findings is not a new observation. As this PhD Comic suggests, there is a long and rich history of the media sensationalizing small findings, giving them dire or miraculous consequences that never appeared in the initial study. However, the election makes such reporting seem not only unethical but downright dangerous. It is clear that the administration means to control science narratives by tactics such as removing all references to climate change from government websites. As we teach digital literacy in our classrooms, we often focus in on finding expert sources. But in terms of…

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