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Merchants of Doubt

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Erik M. Conway

From the dangers of smoking to climate change, the media misled nearly every essential public topic for political reasons. The active spread of misinformation and doubt aimed at misleading the public has been a favorite weapon of those challenging the scientific evidence supporting these issues.

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Merchants of Doubt (2011) discusses pressing scientific debates, such as smoking, the environment, and nuclear weapons. In these bites, you will discover how several prominent scientists have twisted these issues in the mainstream media to benefit corporate and industry interests.

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From the dangers of smoking to climate change, the media misled nearly every essential public topic for political reasons. The active spread of misinformation and doubt aimed at misleading the public has been a favorite weapon of those challenging the scientific evidence supporting these issues.

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Tobacco companies misled the general public about smoking's health risks on purpose.

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Tobacco companies kept raising doubt about the effects of secondhand smoke and science itself.

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In the 1970s, the US government sabotaged studies on acid rain.

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In the 1990s, the ozone layer was a hotly debated issue among scientists.

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In the 1980s, the research proving global warming was largely ignored.

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