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Special pleaders?

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Another day, another worthies letter. This time it is from 17 scientists, including such big medical research names as Peter Doherty, Gus Nossal and Graeme Clark, and is an open letter to John Howard and Mark Latham calling for … more medical research funding.

I don’t think this letter raises any of ethical issues surrounding the use of academic titles debated on Catallaxy over the last few days. The three named scientists all know a lot about medical research.

But it does again raise issues of news priorities. Medical reseachers wanting more money for medical research hardly counts as news; I would think it is a given. With academic researchers no matter how much you give them it is never enough. Yet the Sydney Morning Herald put this story on page one this morning. Are they so overcome by Doherty’s Nobel Prize, Nossal’s knighthood, and Clark’s bionic ear work (or is it his Father of the Year award?) that they failed to see this for what it is – conventional interest group special pleading?

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Written by Admin

September 29, 2004 at 5:22 pm

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