We Can’t Ignore What the Medical and Science Communities Have Done to Undermine Their Own Credibility

Kolette Kramer, of Towner, holds a sign at a protest asking Gov. Doug Burgum to allow businesses to reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. (Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service)

MINOT, N.D. — “Pushing back against attacks on science, Fargo doctor says people should realize their own ‘confirmation bias'”

That’s the headline over Robin Huebner’s article about North Dakota State University public health professor Dr. Paul Carson.

It’s an interesting read.

I’ve admired Carson’s advocacy in the past. He’s done a lot of work to push back on ignorance around the issue of vaccines, for example. In Huebner’s article, he decries a lack of public trust in the medical and science community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the pandemic wears on, members of the medical and science communities are being challenged and discounted with increasing frequency,” Huebner wrote.

This is a true statement, and while the trend is driven at least in part by conspiracy-addled nonsense peddled on social media and cable news, we can’t ignore what the medical and scientific communities have done to compromise the public’s trust in them.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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