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It's not just politics: 2016 was an epidemic year for fake news in science, too

from Los Angeles Times

One of the watchwords of politics in 2016 was the epidemic of "fake news" — a catch-all term encompassing propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and hoaxing — impinging on the presidential campaign. But let's not overlook its spread in the spheres of science and medicine. That point is made in a recent article by Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus. Both are journalists and Oransky is also a physician, and together they’re the co-founders of the website Retraction Watch, which ranks among our leading correctives to fake news in academia. more


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