Oh, how I despise Salon. I was an early adopter — I was an avid reader from the day they first opened their doors. A news site with a politically progressive slant? Yes, please. And then they turned evil. It was the same with the Huffington Post, although I think they were evil from the very beginning.
Unfortunately, people still send me links to their crappy crap. The latest is this abomination: 9 “scientific” facts about breasts. At least they had the kindness to slap scare quotes around the word “scientific”.
It’s a collection of nonsense like “Poor men like big breasts while financially secure men prefer smaller breasts” and “Squeezing breasts may prevent cancer” and “Men who like small breasts prefer a submissive partner”…and it includes one study that they openly confess was totally debunked as a fake, and they still included it anyway. They cite studies that were published in shoddy sources like Psychology Today and Men’s Health and The Huffington Post — I’m seriously considering grabbing a copy and giving it to my science communication class as a bad example. This is an article that is drowning in the red flags of a totally untrustworthy source.
This has happened to every news site I initially enjoy. I gave up on Salon a few years ago, I fled HuffPo when I first looked upon that horror (that I later discovered they have a “sideboob” section just confirmed my first impression), and now I’m getting worried about the Raw Story — every once in a while I look in and there’s a little mini-flood of totally credulous articles about Bill Maher.
Maybe it’s not that liberals are prone to falling for absurdities. Maybe it’s me, and my malignant gaze poisons the media I look upon.
Or maybe people are just dumber than I give them credit for.