One of the problems with the news media is their tendency towards sensationalist headlines and their coverage of studies with all of two sentences. For example, “Coffee is better for you than tea.” However, when one studies the article itself, it would appear that wasn’t really the conclusion at all. Yes, coffee drinkers were healthier than tea drinkers in a small group of people studied, but it was pointed out that this meant nothing as the tea drinkers were older and poorer in this particular group. There are also poorly designed studies which stumble across an odd piece of information in a group of people who are being tracked across the years. This odd piece of information is then studied from all different angles.
Each study is like a little snapshot and it’s only by putting all the snapshots together that you have a good sense of the picture. The news media announce each snapshot as if it’s the “whole truth.” But, of course, it’s contradictory. Read More.