In Praise of Clever Canadians

Our national broadcaster is today reporting that Canadians are confused about science. Nonsense. The key findings of the Léger poll cited by the CBC are these: almost nine in ten Canadians trust scientists, professors and educational institutes, but roughly two-thirds believe that media coverage of science is biased—or "presented to support a political position." They're absolutely right. Canadians have never been more scientifically or media literate, nor as inundated with one-sided, often hysterical reportage on such "confusing" matters as climate change. U of Ottawa sociologist Kelly Bronson tells the CBC that "media are partly to blame for focusing too much on telling both sides of the story." She could not be more mistaken.