Catalyst Wi-Fried and statins reports fail viewers with bad science journalism
July 6, 2016
Big business and government suppressed the truth about lead, thalidomide and other terrible things, the thinking goes – goodness knows what they’re hiding about vaccines and wi-fi radiation!
Knowing this, it’s vital that science journalists do their jobs properly. Yet again, the ABC’s Catalyst program has failed its viewers.
In an internal review, the national broadcaster found that an episode called Wi-Fried – an investigation into the health risks of mobile devices – breached its own editorial standards. The ABC will now apologise to viewers and suspend reporter Maryanne Demasi from on-air assignments. Already, it has pulled the episode from its website and iView platforms. It will also review the entire direction and strategy of the show.
(if you want to) – Mick Raven