Problem

Inappropriate information solicitation

Other Names:
Supplying false expertise
Irresponsible information by experts
Nature:
In areas that are temporarily strongly interesting to the media, journalists seek experts to provide them with an expert point of view on topic. As journalists often do not know who is an expert in a given scientific field, they often contact experts in the wrong field for an opinion.

Unscrupulous people will provide inadequately reserched information as though it were correct an well-established. The journalists do not necessarily check the information against other sources for veracity, and this leads to misinformation in the public media.

Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
11.07.2000 – 00:00 CEST