Interesting post on Bishop Hill on the recent UK Conference of Science Journalists by Doug Keenan.
"The 2012 UK Conference of Science Journalists was held on June 25th. The programme is available on the UKCSJ web site. I attended two of the sessions: the first was a session was entitled “What can journalists do to uncover scientific misconduct?”; the second was the plenary at the end. What follows is my perspective on those sessions."
Doug concludes..."For me, the take-home message from the conference is that a large majority of science journalists are extremely naive about scientists. The naivety is so extreme that I suspect it must be partially willful."
I think a number of ABC reporters fall into that space. I'm all for cheerleading the scientific method but ignoring its corruption is tantamount to dereliction of duty.