Here is a story of a woman committed to child health, specializing in leukemia epidemiology, who is condemned for speaking sensible to the hysterical about lead. And I am forced to wade through the usual BS from Huff Post.
Whoa–you mean if you are not one of the anointed lead poisoning panicmongers, you can’t speak to the issues?
My my. Of course I admire Milloy for actually looking at the web sites of the goofy ones, like Huff post–a loathsome small minded place for sure.
Milloy’s JunkScience approach is different from mine, probably better–he likes to show these people for what they are, but I get nauseous and can’t take it. It’s like listening to Obama give a speech–or watching an amateur talent show–I get physically uncomfortable watching idiots perform or pretend to be smart and insightful. Sorry, I care about science and thinking and music/performance art too much to put up with incompetence.
However this story compelled me to demonstrate–Dr. Buffler was good, Huff post is bad. Dr. Buffler was right about lead–the dangers were exaggerated. Huff post and all the panic mongers on lead are bad. Simple isn’t it? Good, bad.
For all this tut tutting about the conflicts created by private consulting, how come no one in the journal or media community ever talks about the whores that get money from the guvment? Take millions in grants, get appointments galore and enjoy wide acclaim and promotion even though they are mindless and corrupted shills for the EPA or some other guvment agency.