Third hand smoke appeared in the news again this week and, as is customary, was comprehensively debunked in a matter of hours. Unfortunately, there are always daft idiots who believe such stunningly inept bullshit, examples being the small selection of knuckle-dragging berks highlighted by VGIF.
However, although perhaps not a primary purpose, the study did indeed conclusively prove that every home in the UK contains a dangerous menace. The BBC.
The researchers say third-hand smoke is an unappreciated health hazard and suggest a complete ban on smoking in homes and in vehicles to eliminate any risk.In light of the fact that they were taken in quite overwhelmingly, perhaps Comrade Beeb might publish a corrective story soon. After all, it's early days and I'm sure they are very busy, but it's what would be expected of a serious news gatherer, doncha think?
Toxic particles from cigarette smoke can linger on surfaces long after the cigarette has been put out, and small children are particularly susceptible because they are likely to breathe in close proximity, or even lick and suck them, they say.
We may have a long wait, though, considering they faithfully followed the anti-smoking agenda on fictional 'third hand smoke' last year in their selective reporting of what was nothing more than a phone poll.
All this doesn't really sit well with the BBC's view of itself as a world renowned impartial news source.
In fact, it's worse than that, as their shoddy reporting goes against the BBC Trust's definition of purpose.
Provide international news broadcasting of the highest qualityFail
Enhance UK audiences' awareness and understanding of international issues.Fail
At home, BBC News aspires to remain the standard-setter for international journalismFail
[...] the BBC continues to be seen as the most trusted and objective international news provider.Fail
Provide international news broadcasting of the highest quality [...] accuracy, impartiality and independenceFail
The BBC will ensure that it recruits and retains high-calibre journalists ...Bwahahaha. Err, fail.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may well have produced one of the most laughable scientific papers of the decade, but in so doing they have exposed a fairly hefty section of the world's MSM as gullible and lazy fools.
And the BBC falling for the scam so comprehensively merely proves that UK citizens should be more worried about the danger posed by their state news source than any imagined threat from a forced construct of a handful of seriously nutty 'scientists'.