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In fact, this really isn't restricted to science journalism. If you talk to people working with prostitutes, they'll tell you that journalists show up looking for quotes to fit into their already determined story, and if you aren't forthcoming with appropriate quotes, they will just make them up. I was friends with many journalism students at uni, and it deeply broke my trust in journalism.

When axod and I worked at our first startup, we would periodically get journalists coming into the office to film a short piece on the company. They always wanted us to put "something cool" on our computer screens (invariably lots of fast scrolling text "like in The Matrix"), and pretend like we were reading and analyzing it. I've always been rather skeptical of journalism since.

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