Improving our aim

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 24 (2):130 – 147 (1999)
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Bioethicists appearing in the media have been accused of "shooting from the hip" (Rachels, 1991). The criticism is sometimes justified. We identify some reasons our interactions with the press can have bad results and suggest remedies. In particular we describe a target (fostering better public dialogue), obstacles to hitting the target (such as intrinsic and accidental defects in our knowledge) and suggest some practical ways to surmont those obstacles (including seeking out ways to write or speak at length, rather than in sound bites). We make use of our own research into the way journalists quote bioethicists. We end by suggesting that the profession as a whole look into this question more fully

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Tom Tomlinson
Michigan State University
Judith Andre
Michigan State University
Leonard M. Fleck
Michigan State University

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