Red meat is probably the cause behind the Congo train derailment and the Yangtze River dolphin extinction, too. The media, this week, ran the following headlines: CNN. “Study: Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Lifespan.” LA Times. “Red Meat: What Makes It Unhealthy.” AllVoices.com. “Harvard Study Concludes Red Meat Reduces Average Life.” NY Daily News. “Red meat boosts risk of dying young: study; Just one portion of processed meat boosts death risk by 20%.” New York Times. “Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality.” And the most comical headline of them all was from Slate: “Study: All Red Meat Linked to Premature Death.” This was undoubtedly the most popular headline of the week for the sound bite lovin’, I-read-the-headline-and-that’s-all-that-matters crowd. To say that the mainstream media and the blogosphere discovered a new level of idiocy is putting it much too lightly.
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Karen De Coster