I think science journalism is valuable and important, and in order to earn the trust of both scientists and the public, it needs to make honest, accurate reporting its chief value. Lately, there have been too many instances of a violation of that trust — and bending a story to more comfortably fit a common and erroneous stereotype is a perfect example of bad reporting.
Emphasis mine. Myers is referring here to the odious “Women who dress provocatively more likely to be raped” article that recently appeared in The Telegraph. (If you didn’t see that one on the feminist blogs, the short version is, The Telegraph managed to pull that notion out of a press release about a study that said nothing of the sort.) But Maude knows we’ve seen more than a few examples of it around here.
If you’re not already pissed off enough thinking about this on a Monday morning, check out the follow-up e-mail Myers got from a science journalist.