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Submission + - Science Journalism Blows IT, Dolphin Rape Edition (wordpress.com)

F69631 writes: The story about dolphin gang-rapes and bisexuality is spreading like wildfire in mainstream media. The actual story is explained by Steven Hamblin in Science Journalism Blows It, Dolphin Rape Edition and Rob Brooks in Dolphin Sexual Politics Get The Tabloid Treatment.

The articles themselves are weird mixes of sensationalist headline with a regurgitated paraphrasing of the much better Discovery News piece that they are treating as the primary source. Here’s the problem, though: it’s Discovery News that makes the original mistake about ‘bisexual philopatry’, interpreting it as bisexual behaviour (hot male dolphin-on-dolphin action, as it were). A reporter who had read the original source could have corrected that mistake fairly easily, or could even have been driven to ask further questions. Without that, however, the press cycle grinds mercilessly forward to Flipper the bisexual rapist.

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Submission + - ACTA referred to Europe's top court for analysis (zdnet.co.uk)

superglaze writes: "The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is to get an extra level of scrutiny in the EU after the European Commission said it would refer it to the European Court of Justice, to check it really does comply with fundamental freedoms in the union. This obviously follows mass protests over ACTA, and it seems justice commissioner Viviane Reding was the one who pushed for ECJ scrutiny. It's not currently clear if this will delay the European Parliament ratification process, but it is hard to imagine the parliament voting on ACTA (scheduled for June at the moment) before the ECJ has had its say — and no-one can say right now how long that will take to happen."

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