Monday, June 8, 2015

How the Journalists were fooled

How reliable is our news?  This article shows us how easy it is to fool the journalists who decide which news to cover.  These authors" did a bogus study and many people fell for it!


https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/culture-beaker/attempt-shame-journalists-chocolate-study-shameful


Key vocabulary

shame
backstory
teamed up
slight of hand
peer reviewed
lure
flimsy
ginned up
aggregates
expose fraud
last resort
exposing quacks
caper
wrongdoing
lackadasical


Questions
If you had read the original article, would you have been fooled?
What tacticts did  John Bohannon use to fool the journalists?
What did he want to prove?
What was the result?
How many reporters really covered the "news?"
How many readers did those reporters reach?
How much damage was done by this "research?"
Can it be reversed?
What criteria do you use to decide if an article is true?




Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

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