The thing that immediately struck me about most of these articles is that they are, with the exception of The Daily Show and Colbert Report, not from “entertainment” news sources. These are articles written for people who are interested in the subject; enough so to actually read through a fairly long in-depth analysis of the issue.
The twenty-four hour news cycle is conducive to articles that are short, simple, and full of easily digestible sound-bites. The article’s chosen are long enough to give someone context to a complex issue, something that escapes what most people consume as TV news, see in their facebook feeds, or read tweets about.
The problem is that even articles that take the time to intersect the human element, and contain chilling imagery of cornmeal disguised as anthrax spores, still escape the attention span of most Americans.
So my question is this: how can scientific thought compete with sensationalist deniers when most won’t take the time to educate themselves on the issue?