There's a spirited discussion about BPA safety and science reporting taking place in Milwaukee this week. One point that it reinforces to me: If you want to get a journalist's attention, attack his ethics. Jon Entine, director of the Genetic Literacy Project at STATS, writes about the controversy today in The American, the Journal of the American Enterprise Insititute. The post, headlined "Milwaukee's Best No Longer," goes into detail about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's coverage of a report about BPA safety by the German Society of Toxicology. (Entine first gave the German report a wider audience last week, as I covered in this previous post). I've been watching the Journal Sentinel's coverage on its web site this week. Even before I saw Entine's post today, I thought the debate was quite interesting. There's obviously disagreement about BPA safety between the paper's news reporters and editors and a conservative columnist. The dispute seems to have spilled over into the paper's own web site, with a spirited debate in the comments section. I won't recap everything here -- check Entine's post for the full story and his links. I doubt this will be the last word on the issue. The Journal Sentinel has put a lot of resources behind its BPA reporting. So I expect it will take steps to defend its credibility. It will be interesting to see if, in the end, the paper decides to keep both of its conflicting "voices" that it has speaking about BPA -- its news reporters and editors, and its conservative columnist.
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