Presumably, Ellis Conklin was trying to be funny when he reported in the Seattle Weekly that “Sushi Could Make Us Dumber Than Breadsticks.” What’s really dumb is believing that a notorious activist group with a single-minded anti-mercury agenda is an objective authority on anything involving science.
Readers should expect only the best journalism from the Washington Post, a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper; and Slate.com, a recipient of the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Or, at the very least, they should expect clear, accurate and reliable reporting. Yet that’s not what they’re getting.
The Doctors television show hopes to “supply viewers with critical information to make informed and intelligent health care decisions.”
But can the program, which is hosted by former Bachelor reality TV star Dr. Travis Stork and features three other telegenic professionals, really be considered a serious authority if it all too frequently promotes the latest diet trends, health fads and bogus medical claims?