Tag Archive for media

United we fall: Dr. Dao and unsubstantiated “facts”

Here’s the thing. The Internet is a gigantic flood of information with outlets and individuals vying for your attention to click on their sites over others. Those “interesting” stories, true or not, get shared, propagating some real wing-ding falsehoods. Wednesday (yesterday), when social media outrage over the United Airlines “re-accommodation” situation was going full bore,…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

Media violence correlated to societal violence: An actual scientific controversy

Experts disagree: violent content in media correlates/does not correlate to violent behavior. No link found between movie, video game violence and societal violence. Since the 1920s, scholars and politicians have blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing factor to rising violence in society. Recently the responses to mass shootings in Aurora, CO…

Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Did NASA fund controversial study? Not really. Click-bait? A bit.

A study regarding “the end of civilization” was picked up by many major news outlets who emphasized involvement of NASA. NASA has seen fit to issue a clarifying response to this association. NASA Clarifies Role in New Civilization-Collapse Study | Space.com. NASA officials released this statement on the study today (March 20): “A soon-to-be published…

Story of Steve Irwin’s death misrepresented by reporter

Biologists were angry about this story regarding Steve Irwin’s death by stingray encounter. The headline itself is what is problematic. Stingray stabbed Crocodile Hunter Steven Irwin “hundreds of times”. On September 4, 2006, Irwin and his cameraman, Justin Lyons sank into the waters soaking the Great Barrier Reef near Queensland, Australia. They had been in…

Not new Knockout Game is media hype

I’ve been watching this brew for the last two weeks, waiting for an expose on whether this is actually happening or media hype. Today, many news outlets are finally reporting it as “hype”, not a sudden epidemic. Guess What? The ‘Knockout Game’ Is America’s Latest Phony Panic. Have teenagers adopted a new game of random…

Hollywood Skeptics group will present awards

The best and the worst will be honored in an annual awards ceremony that smacks down the garbage media and awards the Sisyphean heroes. Eugenie Scott, The Onion.com, TV Shows to Be Honored by Hollywood Skeptics at Annual Awards Ceremony on July 29th. The Independent Investigations Group (IIG), the international skeptical research and science advocacy…

Antivax AVN banned from media

The AVN saga continues. It’s never good news for them, is it? They have lost on all fronts – science, media, laws and soon the court of public opinion. Media authority effectively bans AVN from media comment | Northern Star. THE controversial Australian Vaccination Network is now effectively blacklisted as a media source after the…

Misinformation in the news continues to prosper because no one complains

Whatcha gonna do? Journalists can’t help but chase sensational stories. Media manipulator Ryan Holiday explains why – The Next Web. The demands of online journalism, where page views reign supreme and the time between starting an article and pressing publish is increasingly restricted, has triggered all sorts of unprecedented and questionable journalistic behavior. Indeed. This…

My hair dresser said her sister’s baby got sick from vaccines…

How Social Networks Influence Parents’ Decision to Vaccinate With so much confusing and even misleading information about vaccine safety available on the Internet, it’s no surprise that parents are influenced by their friends’ attitudes when it comes to immunizing their kids. At her son’s preschool near Seattle, Robin Haight is a foot soldier in the…

Scientologists’ PR drive to improve their image

Call me cynical but I don’t think this is going to work. Church of Scientology plans publicity drive to quash ‘misconceptions’ about being secretive, controlling and believing in alien ancestry. The Church of Scientology is planning a publicity drive in Australia to challenge what it calls “misconceptions” among the public and the media. The controversial…

Scientology’s exposure continues with two new books and a documentary

‘Scientologists believe the Holocaust was planned and carried out by psychiatrists’ – Americas – World – The Independent. The author of a new book on Scientology (“The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology”) has some harsh words. And, another new book is also out, but has to face down British libel laws.…

X causes cancer! Not so fast.

But scaring yourself is so easy… US scientists challenge scares about food links to cancer | Science | The Observer. They are mainstay stories of tabloid newspapers and women’s magazines, linking common foods from burnt toast to low-fat salad dressing to cancer. But now US scientists have warned that many reports connecting familiar ingredients with…