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    news was a cost center at the major networks, rather than a profit center.  I agree that ratings are a bad thing for news.

    The trouble with peer review for the media is that proper peer review takes time.  That is why we have two types of scientific journals, the full peer-reviewed ones, like The Journal of the American Chemical Society, and the partial ones, like Tetrahedron Letters.  The first type can require over a year for full review, correction, and publication, whislt the latter type, with a lesser standard, can get one published in a few months.  The news works faster than that, so full peer review is not practical.

    As for the scientists to whom you refer in the last paragraph, many of them are not scientists at all, but pretenders.  Some of the ones who are bona fide scientists speak outside of their area(s) of expertise, and many of them are driven by ideology rather than science.  Fortunately, Translator is an expert in practically everything.  LOL!

    Warmest regards,


    Time for real health care reform, not just to patch the patches.

    by Translator on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 07:30:38 PM PDT

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