Journalism schools don't require science courses. Expect this lack of understanding in any article involving chemicals. Look at the garbage written by those highly respected reporters at the New York Times after 9/11 who told us to believe politicians like EPA's Whitman and our heartless and economically driven Mayor that the air was safe, we should get a broom, put a handkerchief over our noses, andget that damn dust cleaned up! The mayor actually appeared in an NYTimes front page photo at the Pile without a respirator, and all of the workers behind him either had no respirators or they were hanging around their necks. Previous post | Top of Page | Next post
It wasn't until science-educated reporter Juan Gonzalez at the second-rate Daily News wrote his columns that anything approaching the truth was in print (except for Press Releases from activists and idiots like me that were ignored). Juan spent hours on the phone with me and other IH's, occupational doctors, toxicologists, a whistleblower at EPA, etc. He made sure he understood all the tests, the data, and used the terminology correctly. He correctly presented the predictions of illnesses and deaths that the experts made--predictions that are coming agonizingly true for us here every day.
This is rare. Instead, most of what you read should just be looked atfor three basic facts: an accident occurred, when, and where. The how and why are conjecture unless you can do some sleuthing on your own.
And having done a bit of fact checking, I can tell you some of the worst lies come from High School officials themselves who, like all politicians, want to spin it.
This is why the Chemical Safety Board's recent report is SO important. It provides the data to back up what so many of us already know deep in our kishkis (guts).
From: "Baker, Charles" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As a HS science teacher, I was most interested in drawing attention to highschool/public school lab accidents and safety from two recent Minnesota summaries.
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