The field of journalism is not easy. They are poorly paid and, most of the time, have to be out of their comfort zone. Journalists are often rejected and always pressured by deadlines that they may barely meet. On top of that, they are hated, and that hatred is escalating.
Vaccine and climate “skeptics” have been in the news for the past decade. Known as anti-vaxxers and climate deniers to the public, they ignore science, insult people with different opinions, and fearmonger innocent people. These are the people everyone can laugh at– liberal, conservative, anarchist, or statist. Yes, everyone laughs at the meme involving an anti-vaxx mother balming pasteurized milk for her child’s scarlet fever. The media and pop culture have done a fantastic job of making the scientifically illiterate universal punching bags. But we shouldn’t be blaming these people; scientific studies have been getting harder and harder to read, and the scientific community has played its part.