health reporting

The heroes of our flavor-of-the-day news cycles are not those who prove to be right or actually know what they are talking about. The heroes on any given day are the iconoclasts, conspiracy theorists, and -- just plain wing nuts. Affliction is the plat du jour, and these -- its master chefs.
Reporting about health risks isn't easy. Some journalists would rather just report on the scare, without asking the hard questions, simply because it makes for good television.