Manufacturing doubt: journalists' roles and the construction of ignorance in a scientific controversy

@article{Stocking2009ManufacturingDJ,
  title={Manufacturing doubt: journalists' roles and the construction of ignorance in a scientific controversy},
  author={S. Holly Stocking and Lisa Holstein},
  journal={Public Understanding of Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={18},
  pages={23 - 42}
}
In recent decades, corporate and special interests have developed a wide repertoire of methods to manufacture doubt about science that threatens their interests. In the case presented here, a trade association issued a rich assortment of rhetorical claims intended to sow public confusion about university studies that threatened to undermine its industry's activities. Journalists' use of these claims appeared to vary largely as a function of their perceptions of their journalistic roles and of… 

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