One thing experience has taught us is that some news outlets are better than others. Some journalists really do care about reporting the news as it is rather than the way they would like it to be. So, in an effort to promote good science news sources while castigating the bad, we teamed up with RealClearScience to create an infographic.
On the X-axis (from left to right), we rank sources by their fundamental trustworthiness.
- Media outlets in the green column produce scientific content that is based on evidence and is largely free of ideology.
- Sources in the red column, on the other hand, are driven by ideology and are characterized by lopsided reporting. Evidence plays little to no role for these outlets.
On the Y-axis (from top to bottom), we rank media outlets based on whether they are compelling sources of information.
- Outlets toward the top are of broad general interest and are well reported.
- Outlets toward the bottom are of limited interest or are poorly reported. (By “poorly reported,” we mean either the topic selection is dull or the content is mostly fluff or sensationalism.)