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Well, I guess I won't then get into Larry King's show last week on UFOs.

Mitchel

At 09:44 PM 4/2/2008, you wrote:
>Why should anyone expect science for the people to emanate from CNN, 
>from the NYTimes, from Science magazine or, for that matter, from 
>the overwhelming majority of scientists who depend on funding from 
>the establishment?  Why should we be surprised that non-science is 
>disseminated as science, when non-news and non-truth is disseminated 
>by the media?  Why should anyone with a minimum understanding of how 
>the system works expect that the networks would do anything other 
>than boost their ratings?  Science for the people , an intrinsically 
>anti-systemic demand, is our slogan, definitely not theirs.   We 
>should fight for it; but never should we harbor the illusion that 
>the ruling class and its institutions operate under our 
>slogan.  Only by concrete struggle that threatens their ability to 
>profit will we even win concessions from them.
>herb
>
>Michael Balter wrote:
>>Watching Larry King on CNN, it is clear that one of the main 
>>effects of Autism Day has been to boost the ratings of TV networks 
>>irresponsibly pushing the vaccine-autism link and other nonsense 
>>about this problem--including the entirely unfounded notion that 
>>there is an "epidemic." Science for the people has to be based on 
>>science, or it is no use to anyone.
>>
>>http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1576829,00.html 
>>for starters.
>>
>>MB
>>
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