Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How the Media Put BPA on the Agenda in the States — The Monkey Cage

How the Media Put BPA on the Agenda in the States — The Monkey Cage:
These findings have two important lessons.  First, at the state level, the policy response to concerns about BPA is driven more by media coverage than by scientific concern.  This suggests that, second, media coverage of complex risks can drive policy-makers to action even in the absence of scientific consensus.  Thus, journalists must be cautious in describing the research—lest their coverage help to produce an overreaction to uncertain science.
The analysis, which combines information on news stories aboutBPA in major daily newspapers with information on state legislative activity regarding BPA, is published here.

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