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Duelling Frack Studies

Reading the newspaper in order to keep informed my not be your best option. Here's an example from the media's coverage of hydraulic fracturing.

Study One was critical of natural gas development; Study Two was supportive. How much coverage did each get in the mainstream media? The score: Study One – 24 big-city newspaper articles and an NPR appearance; Study Two – two newspaper articles, one of them in a story primarily about Study One. (source

Don't forget the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect (its hard to remember for some reason).