a thought-provoker (HT to ‘Kate’ on Interest.co.nz)

http://www.nature.com/embor/journal/v3/n8/full/embor093.html

a wee taste? try this:

On March 28, 1979, Walter Cronkite began the CBS evening news by declaring that it was the ‘most confused day in the history of news media’ and went on to describe the contradicting information about the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Harrisburg, PA. Seven years later, a similar spectacle took place in Europe following the explosion in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Scientists and politicians contradicted each other in the media, exaggerating or downplaying the risks of the nuclear cloud that was moving towards Western Europe. It culminated in a politician publicly consuming salad on national television in a futile attempt to prove that the fallout from Chernobyl had left vegetables untouched.”

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