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It ain't necessarily so : how media make and unmake the scientific picture of reality

Author: David Murray; Joel Schwartz; S Robert Lichter
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Uses hard data and science to debunk a number of common misconceptions surrounding topics including missing children, cell phones, breast implants, AIDS, cancer, radiation, vitamins, and violent crime rates.
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Murray, David, 1946-
It ain't necessarily so.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2001
(OCoLC)606500666
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Murray; Joel Schwartz; S Robert Lichter
ISBN: 0742510956 9780742510951
OCLC Number: 45446211
Description: xv, 249 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : making news and making sense : the news that's "fit to print" --
pt. I. The ambiguity of news. The news that isn't there : stories that are, and aren't, covered --
Much ado about little : making news mountains out of research molehills --
pt. II. The ambiguity of measurement. Bait and switch : understanding "tomato" statistics --
The perils of proxies : is there a there there? --
Is the glass half empty or half full? : a look at statistics from both sides now --
Polls apart : the Gertrude Stein approach to making sense of contradictory surveys --
The reality and rhetoric of risk : telling it like it is, and isn't --
Distinguishing "reports" from reality : confusing the map with the territory --
pt. III. The ambiguity of explanation. Blaming the messenger, ignoring the message : do motives matter? --
Tunnel vision and blind spots : the danger of hedgehog interpretations --
Hard to tell : journalism, science, and public policy : an inherent conflict?
Responsibility: by David Murray, Joel Schwartz, and S. Robert Lichter.

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