Too much red meat could leave you blind, scientists warn. Er, no. No they don’t, actually:
The researchers said: ‘A high level of red meat consumption may be a risk factor for early AMD, or act as a marker for a group of people with an increased risk from other lifestyle factors.’
…a spokesman from the Royal College of Ophthalmology, said: ‘The evidence is still not strong enough to merit any advice to the public.’ [My italics.]
Despite the fact that the scientists in question stated that red meat could be a risk factor or merely a marker (for a start, people who eat lots of red meat may not eat as much of something that protects against AMD – I’m thinking fruit and veg might be a contender here), and a handy spokesman from the RCO has pointed out that the evidence isn’t strong enough to warrant advice to the public, the People’s Medical Journal has still seen fit to claim that red meat could make you go blind. The Daily Fail’s headline goes way beyond what the researchers have said and, as a consequence, their readers seem to believe that scientists have decided that red meat makes you go blind:
More rubbish from ‘expert’ ‘scientists’
And what have the scientists been eating to come up with this load of tripe?
what a lot of old cobblers! Now pass me another steak.
These four comments were all recommended by other Mail readers, so it seems that they aren’t alone in their belief that the scientists really have said what the Fail’s headline said they had said.
The headline is misleading. This happens so often that it almost seems as if the Fail are campaigning for science to be made irrelevant. And it looks like some of their readers would not be unhappy to see this happen. The comments I quote above are dismissive and rude, contemptuous even. I think that’s how scientists are seen by the Fail and its readers – as being beneath contempt.
Not that the Telegraph are much better…