We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's a good idea in theory, but few journalists have the skills to analyze the work behind the press releases they receive. To tell the truth, I do not have the skill any more to look deeply into the work behind the reports in medical journals. This makes me a skeptic.
Dr Joy - Seems to me the greater problem is the falling-off of analytic abilities in the population at large. In our videoed world, it's constant input, with little retained and not enough time off to process information.
You can stop right there. No need for further qualification of the statement.
In the past, reporters often had experience in some other trade or means of self-support before they became reporters. The process of becoming a reporter was an apprenticeship. Then "journalism schools" came into existence. Their graduates know all about how to write convincingly and are fed a politically correct line about what to write, but little about how to investigate and base what they write on independently verifiable facts. So what we get are fantasies woven around opinion about how things should be rather than statements about how they are. And often the people writing these things haven't a clue as to how to tell the difference, or even that there is a difference and that they should be reporting the latter, not the former.