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NZH stupider than Daily Mail?

Postby Logan Savage » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:03 pm

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has classified processed meat as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). This is the same category as asbestos and cigarettes and means that there is sufficient evidence that they are definitely carcinogenic.

So the New Zealand Herald trumpets "Avoid bacon and sausages... they're as bad as cigarettes" and goes on to say "they are as big a cancer threat as cigarettes."

This is patently untrue. There is as much certainty that they cause cancer as there is certainty that cigarettes cause cancer. But the journo has completely misunderstood the concept of cancer threat. Is this a case of lowering standards, or is this the typical "journos don't understand science" that has always been the case?

But in this case even the Daily Mail managed to get their heads around the concept and produced the following graphic[edit:sorry, cut and pasted the following graphic]:

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So may we conclude that the level of science understanding is lower at the NZH than at the Daily Mail?
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Re: NZH stupider than Daily Mail?

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:05 pm

Do you not realise that the NZH has become a press-release publication service and that the only stories you read are things that the tea-lady is asked to flick off between brews.
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Re: NZH stupider than Daily Mail?

Postby Logan Savage » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:23 pm

Yes, but I thought the same would be equally true of the Daily Mail. What intrigues me is that their tea lady seems to be substantially brighter than the tea-lady at the NZH.
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Re: NZH stupider than Daily Mail?

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:28 pm

Note that the graphic wasn't done by DM -- it was done by Cancer Research UK, DM just pilfered it :-)
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Re: NZH stupider than Daily Mail?

Postby Logan Savage » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:36 pm

aardvark_admin wrote:Note that the graphic wasn't done by DM -- it was done by Cancer Research UK, DM just pilfered it :-)
Ah, good point. Their tea lady knows google and how to cut and paste. I've edited the attribution.

Meanwhile the headline at http://www.scoop.co.nz reads Processed Meat Causes Cancer, "NOT" As Dangerous As Smoking
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Re: NZH stupider than Daily Mail?

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:38 pm

OMG... imagine how quickly you would die if you started puffing on roll-your-owns containing bacon! (shudder!).
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Re: NZH stupider than Daily Mail?

Postby Screw » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:48 pm

Heller's Smoky bacon Bruce?

The Daily Mail is one of Rup the Shocker Ocker's scurrilous crap rags Logan. They never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
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