Sigh. Why do so many “science” “journalists” do such awful, slipshop work? It’s really pretty sad.
The latest yuckiness comes from a site I normally like a lot, Vox, which published an unfair, scathing review of Dr. David Ludwig’s New York Times bestselling book, Always Hungry? (I interviewed Dr. Ludwig here about this excellent and important work.)
Here’s the bad review: “Diet Books Are Full of Lies. But They’re Even Worse When Doctors Write Them.“
Per Dr. Ludwig “I complained to the editor of Vox, Ezra Klein, that the article was fundamentally inaccurate, unfair and unprofessional. To his credit, Klein agreed to investigate and on April 27 published a substantially revised version that deleted the egregious title. The revision toned down the personal attack and included a few comments I provided by email (in an edited and highly abridged form). However, the revision remains unbalanced, and Vox refused to publish my full response. Furthermore, the original article was published with much fanfare — its inflammatory title attracting widespread attention (e.g., 15k Facebook shares).”
Here’s Dr. Ludwig’s reponse to the article (originally written as a Letter to the Editor). Please help vindicate his position and grace in the face of ad hominem attacks by reading this piece and sharing it with your friends and circle.
Again, here’s the link to Dr. Ludwig’s response.