Thursday, April 27, 2006

Research pays off? Yahoo news reported that a scientist was able to teach a bird grammer. It seemed kind of unimportant to me. It definitely didn't seem like it should be a headline. It made me more upset that research money is being used on studies like this.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Fox News has recieved lots of scrutiny for their practices. The documentary 'Outfoxed' looks at how "Fair and Balanced" the news station actually is. Once accusation is that the reporters just read whatever the corporate heads want them to read, and there is no actual reporting going on. If this is true, then President Bush made a great choice in choosing Fox anchor Tony Snow as his new White House press secretary. Though his title has changed, there may not be a great difference in occupation.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Wreckless writing. One of' headlines today was 'Heavy coffee drinking doesn't harm heart.' The lede to the story read: "Go ahead and have that second cup of coffee -- or third, or fourth. A study published on Monday shows heavy, long-term coffee drinking does not raise the risk of heart disease for most people." Later down in the article there is a quote from a researcher saying they can't know for sure if this is the case for everyone so you might not want to drink that much coffee...
The problem is that most people don't read entire articles. What the majority of people probably got from this was: Coffee is good for you.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Oxymoron for the record books. featured a story today on a jumbo-shrimp. Reportedly, the shrimp (almost a foot long) may be the largest ever seen by man. Biologist bought the shrimp from the fisherman who caught it for $800 so it could be studied.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The Kellogg's test for newspaper writing should also apply to other news... in particular the home page of a news website. As you scroll down the web page on April 18th you see a graphic image of a man just out of face transplant surgery. This made my stomach turn. At the very least, the site could tell you images were available if you clicked a link, rather than just leaving it up for the whole world to get sick.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Slow day for news? On a day when top headlines include: Flight 93's (one of the hijacked 9/11 planes) cockpit audio recording will be played for the first time publicly today, and a Strike back against large non-native snakes flourishing in the Florida Everglades... Yahoo News' feature story was: What's the world's most expensive sandwich? (The answer is $118) This should appear lower in the headlines. There is much more important news that should appear first.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What is a planet? With more and more information coming in on UB313 (also nicknamed Xena) there is more and more debate over what qualifies as a planet. Xena, an icy mass, is slightly larger than Pluto. Some believe, for this it should be the 10th planet... others say pluto should be eliminated from the group and there are really only 8 planets in our solar system.