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Junk science = garbage policy

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The Washington Examiner cites CEI`s Greg Conko on junk science and food regulations:

Greg Conko is from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank dedicated to fighting bad and unnecessary regulation. He said junk science is "much more prevalent today than it was 20 years ago. There are more media outlets and there are more people putting out content."

Garbage science is quickly amplified and distributed far and wide by a media that can be uncritical in the spread of dubious and, sometimes, outright false information.

In a digital news age, when websites are fighting furiously for clicks and traffic, reporters are often required to operate under harsh deadlines, produce content quickly and move on to the next story.

"We're perpetually seeing stories about 'X' will cure cancer or 'Y' will give you cancer," Conko said. "It's all junk science. But it's exciting news that sells newspapers and attracts eyes to television shows and the web."