I don't read newspapers much. Sometimes I watch 'What
The Papers Say' to see what I've been missing. Last Saturday the programme
featured some fine examples of tabloid scaremongering about bird flu.
I'm very sceptical about the threat posed by avian flu. I've heard a lot of quacking by ill-informed people, but there's a shortage of hard facts. Many journalists don't seem to be interested in seeking answers to the most fundamental questions. Perhaps they believe that generating panic sells more papers.
Today BBC Radio 4 broadcast an edition of 'You and Yours' dedicated entirely to avian flu. Whilst it still left a few important questions unanswered, I found it very informative. If you've an hour to spare, you can listen to it online here.