We need a more informed public when it comes to science, no question.
We need journalists to properly present scientific facts in context, without lending undeserved "equal weight" to unscientific or even anti-scientific sentiment. Again, no question.
But we will never have a public that thinks critically if we try to protect them from ideas we don't think they're ready to parse.
I like how Bob Garfield (of "On the Media") covered the uproar over the provocative profile of Freeman Dyson in The New York Times Magazine.
The following quotations are from the episode. Link: On The Media: Transcript of "Getting Heated" (April 10, 2009)
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