For decades I’ve been closely reading several major newspapers every morning, and for the last few years have noticed a striking decline in the quality of their scientific coverage, as exemplified in the weekly Science Section of the New York Times. Whereas in the past, dramatic discoveries in evolutionary biology or physics might be broken in the pages of that newspaper, these days the coverage seems increasingly skewed toward phone apps and dieting and phone apps for dieting.
That witticism, which I have occasionally repeated, sometimes moves from the metaphorical to the literal. For example, the entire front page of that section in yesterday’s paper was devoted to stories on weight-loss techniques and Christmas gifts, following by huge stories on the benefits of jogging with donkeys and ideas for handling the health problems of an overactive bladder. With so much focus on consumerism, personal health, and pop-psychology, often accompanied by page-filling photos or drawings, there was almost no space left for actual science. Perhaps this was of necessity. With the growing financial difficulties at the Gray Lady and the departure a couple of years ago of Nicholas Wade, their renowned longtime science reporter who had remarkable expertise in evolutionary biology, perhaps their bench has grown so shallow they have few journalists left with any interest or expertise in the subject.
A small webzine such as ours obviously cannot fill such a yawning gap, but at least we can try. In support of this project we have now brought on board as a regular columnist Dr. James Thompson of University College London, who has spent nearly five decades focused on issues of IQ and psychometrics, stretching back to late 1960s. A few years ago, Dr. Thompson began blogging as an independent means of disseminating his own research findings and those of others, and we have now transferred and incorporated his complete archives, amounting to some 600,000 words of content material, with his latest column, focused on the recent academic testing results of Africans, running as one of today’s main features:
For similar reasons, we have also recently expanded our historical coverage, incorporating the extensive archives of Dr. Stephen Sniegoski, a scholar with decades of experience in analyzing the diplomatic history of the Twentieth Century and its major wars, similarly incorporating the hundreds of thousands of words in his own archives. This included recently republishing his outstanding 17,000 word monograph, backed by well over 100 footnotes, on the strong evidentiary case for a revisionist analysis of the Pearl Harbor attacks that launched America into the Second World War:
These are the sorts of important articles that rightfully should be covered and discussed in our most important elite media outlets, which instead increasingly cater to the ignorant, the gullible, and the politically correct—not to mention aficionados of dieting and phone apps—and such nonsense is subsequently enshrined as holy writ in Wikipedia, thereby deceiving countless millions more.
From the beginning, our webzine has been envisioned primarily as a content-delivery channel and commenting-platform, and with more and more high-quality but “incorrect” writers and ideas excluded from the mainstream media, I suspect we will have a growing role to play in providing a convenient venue for such discussions.
The entire American MSM is still recovering from the egg on its face caused by their uniform prediction of Hillary Clinton’s near-certain victory, but they seem not to have grasped the crucial implications of that debacle. The obvious cause was their incestuous ideological group-think and their tendency to purge all politically-incorrect naysayers. These days, every hour spent reading the New York Times and its peers surely renders an individual more and more ignorant of the world, whether with regard to foreign policy, domestic politics, history, or science, and thereby inculcating a completely delusional misunderstanding of Reality.
And so the need for an alternative media review such as ours shall only continue to grow.