May 21, 2009

Toxic Media?

A toxicologists survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) and Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University, found that majorities of toxicologists rate most government agencies as accurately portraying chemical risks, but they rate the media as well as leading environmental activist groups as overstating risks.

This survey of 937 members of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) was administered online from Jan 27 to March 2.

Survey director Dr. Robert Lichter said the public doesn’t get a full and balanced picture of chemical risk and that the media and scientists ultimately share the responsibility for how chemical risks are portrayed to the public.

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