Outrageous! Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good lead

15 Feb

Last week, the Daily Express had the following front page:

The main article, Lifestyle Key to a Long Life, has the lead

It’s got nothing to do with genes claim scientists

That is really a bold statement. Unfortunately, it is also completely made up. Just four sentences into the article we are told

Although genes do play a role in the risk of disease, experts say our behaviour is a far more powerful influence.

[emphasis is mine]

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One Response to “Outrageous! Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good lead”

  1. Sandra Bell Kirchman February 15, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    I’m really appalled at the so-called journalism this newspaper employs. Michael, you should get a job at a reputable paper as the science advisor, and write columns to refute this kind of tripe.

    Sandra
    Wizards and Ogres and Elves…oh my!
    News, Views, and Gurus

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