TRENTON, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- It is all-too-common in today’s media to contrast opinions of those in special interest groups with those of experts, and portray the two as equally valid.
This not only confuses the public but also fosters ignorance, which prevents an honest examination of important issues needing resolution.
For example, it is everyday practice for reporters to interview people who are part of the animal rights lobby on issues of wildlife/game management – even though they have no professional or biological credentials, no education in wildlife management, and no practical experience. Then, should a reporter decide to include the advice of a wildlife expert, they are quick to contrast the comments between the lobbyist and scientist as if they have equal weight — even though one is driven by agenda and the other by best available science.
Sadly, a casualty of such recklessness can be public safety.
As an example, a few years back, there was a debate as to whether Canada geese numbers should be lowered because of US Airways Flight 1549 having struck a flock during its initial climb, lost engine power, and ditched in the Hudson River. Even though 155 people narrowly escaped death, and it being commonly accepted that Canada goose populations were too large in parts of the Atlantic flyway – animal rights propaganda was contrasted with science-based expert testimony — and the two presented as equally validity.
For those of us who monitor various reporting media we can see how the same approach is being used in some media coverage of the recent New Jersey black bear related fatality. The very same people having a history of promoting the notion that black bears will not attack humans and ignoring 60 fatalities on record are still interviewed and their comments contrasted with the knowledge of experts…?
However, NJOA applauds the New York Times for the integrity of their article, “Trying to lure hunters as bears get too close.” We do this in part due to their reliance on experts and not special interest agendas.
So, whether you choose to “Like” or “Dislike” the article the comments are those of experts.
Here’s the link to the article:
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: “We’ve got your back!”
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