When he makes assertions about what “research has unveiled,” “studies have found,” and “data have shown,” Ogas has a responsibility to be specific, especially if those are mostly just references to his own controversial work.

The lack of transparency, the sweeping generalizations, and the unsupported conclusions should have raised red flags at Wired. It is credible outlet and it should demand better work, even from its columnists.

 

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.