Dispatch: Dishonorable Mention

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ACSH's Jeff Stier contributed an op-ed in yesterday’s Townhall criticizing a New York City-based journalism group, The Deadline Society, for honoring Charles Duhigg, a New York Times reporter who received the award for his series “Toxic Waters.”

Duhigg’s reign of toxic terror focused on alleged dangers in drinking water. Consider the headline from the Aug. 22, 2009 installment of his series, “Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass.” The award-winning journalist allowed himself to be used as a pawn in a campaign against a long-used and important agricultural chemical, atrazine. … The fact is atrazine has been safely and extensively used for more than 50 years to increase corn yields and reduce the need for other pesticides.

ACSH’s Dr. Elizabeth Whelan was one of the first to publicly condemn Duhigg’s junk-science “Toxic Water” series.