Merchants of doubt
Wikipedia (Accesses 19 March 2017)
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“Merchants of Doubt,” Wikipedia. 01-Feb-2017.
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The article summarises the book Merchant of doubt and the historical examples of 'rogue' scientists challenging scientific consensus as the worked to "discredit the science, disseminate false information, spread confusion, and promote doubt".
The three main scientists, Bill Nierenberg, Fred Seitz, and Fred Singer, were originally anti-communist and, at the end of the cold war looked for what they saw as alternate threats to over-regulations and market capitalism. They picked environmentalism.
The authors of the book have strong doubt about the ability of media to differentiate between fact and false truth.
As part of the strategy to spread confusion and create doubt, in the case of climate change prominent climate scientists were viciously attacked in the press.
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Both previous articles discuss the spread of ignorance and a model by which the motivations of news media can be considered.
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Activities to "discredit the science, disseminate false information, spread confusion, and promote doubt" through news media have been used extensively in the 20th and 21st century. In recent years, social media has increasingly been used as well.
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