Crankosphere: manipulating the media discourse, part one

When they can’t win on the science and in the legitimate journals, they write books and do films to connect their claims with red string and corkboard, evading those pesky peer reviewers

It’s been fascinating to watch as people weather the pandemic, coming to grips with the reality that grifting misinformers are manipulating the discourse in numerous and dangerous ways. This is causing real harm — illness and death, as well as abuse heaped upon the scientists and public health teams who are trying to row us forward and through the…



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Mary Mangan PhD is a genomics scientist, with credentials in microbiology, immunology, plant cell biology, and and molecular biology.