Chris Matthews’ Sick Obsession with Racism

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Those of you unfortunate enough to watch more than 30 seconds of Hardball with Chris Matthews have likely learned that the host, and the American left-wing in general, has a peculiar obsession with racism. It is not an exaggeration to say that “Republican racism” has been a major theme (if not the major theme) of his show for the past seven years. In his latest rant, he concludes that Republican opposition to President Obama, from Day One, is largely explained by racism. In his own toxic words: “The age of Jim Crow managed to find a new habitat in the early 21st Century Republican Party.” Continue reading

20 Tips for Analyzing Claims of a Scientific Study

This article was originally posted on RealClearScience.

One of the big problems in science journalism is the tendency to hype scientific research. You’re familiar with the routine: A new study comes out on, say, how coffee might lead to a slight increase in a particular disease. Then, plastered all over the front pages of websites and newspapers are headlines like, “Too Much Coffee Will Kill You!” Of course, the following week, a different study will report that coffee might protect you from another disease, and the media hysteria plays out all over again, just in the opposite direction.

This is bad. Poor science journalism misleads the public and policymakers. Is there a way to prevent such hype? Continue reading