Harsh truths

December 24, 2015

Journalists – if not their editors – were once thought to be capable of boldly digging for the truth at the expense of the reputations of others, but how many academics dare tread that path (“Could academics take on the role of investigative journalists?”, Features, 17 December)? And if they do, say, 100 per cent prove that entire academic industries have been making their fortune on the back of newly proven fallacies, do not expect the peer reviewers and publishers who make their money in that industry to embrace and promote the new data. With few journalists worth their salt left to reveal the truth to the public, all we have today is social media, blogs and websites. Will it be enough for the truth to out?

drmikesutton
Via timeshighereducation.com


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