Mate, they may be useful bystanders against obvious tyranny and repression, but they are most definitely NOT a safeguard against or support for, any kind of scientific problem or action.I've always been a staunch defender of the media, they're a safeguard against tyranny and repression.
But since covid hit I've almost lost all respect for them.
Once you have been on the wrong side of it. .
Flip back on the worst of it. Terribly irresponsible press coverage. They sell papers and advertising. Aaargh, I don't even try and and argue about it any more.
They are owned by media groups. Sensation sells media, balanced reporting does not.
The state of our democracy is the worst I can remember. Morally bankrupt politicians, unreliable and technical inept sensationalist press coverage and a new social networking capability that allows the nutters to appear credible.
We deserve everything we get. Rant over, I'll be better in the morning.