Some say the term "junk science" was coined by PR man and lobbyist E. Bruce Harrison in 1962. Others ascribe it to Peter Huber, an anti-tort promoter and author of the 1991 book "Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Courtroom". Used legitimately, "junk science" refers work presented as valid science, but that falls outside the rigors of the scientific method and the peer review process. However, the label is used by some corporate PR firms and attorneys to attack any science and scientists that are contrary to their financial interests.
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Integrity in Science
Project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest to identify and disclose conflicts of interest in scientific research.
The Junkman and the Web of Deceit
Profile of corporate lobbyist Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com, by Stewart Fist.
Corporate-funded site which contends that environmentalists, activists, government regulators, lawyers, and scientists use faulty scientific data (junk science) and fear-mongering to further their agendas.
Skeptic's Dictionary: The Junk Science Page
Charges that "The Junk Science Page is not about junk science so much as it is about anything which does not support a conservative, Rush Limbaugh type, political agenda."
JunkScience: The Trashman Speweth
Article about the corporatist bias and business lobbying background of Steve Milloy, webmaster of JunkScience.com and Consumer Distorts and author of numerous newspaper articles. [PR Watch] (October 01, 1999)
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