“…only 1 paper, The New York Times, provided a link for its science section on the front page of its websites. The other 24 papers did not.”
By Matt Johnson, The Systems Scientist
In a previous article titled Modern American Journalism, Not a Place for Science which was published on this site back in March, I examined thirty local newspapers across the continental United States. Of those local, traditional thirty newspapers, which are now online, only one newspaper, The New York Times, provided a link for its science section on the front page of its website.
Considering that no American group has a monopoly on scientific ignorance, I felt this was an important subject to revisit. Why? First, the founders of this country felt the press was important enough to mention by name in the First Amendment of the United States constitution. Second, the United States was founded during the Enlightenment.
Thus, it is reasonable to assume that one of the many uses for the press was used to disseminate critical thought in the form of argumentation and facts, was it not? And is it not reasonable to expect the same from modern American journalism?
As you will see, I have examined the top 25 largest cities in the United States and their respective newspapers. I have also included the links for your convenience and curiosity.
According to my examination, only 1 paper, The New York Times, provided a link for its science section on the front page of its website. The other 24 papers did not. Here are the results.
|Data compiled by The Systems Scientist|
|Newspapers, science sections, and the largest 25 Cities in the United States|
|1||New York, New York||8,550,405||New York Times||Y|
|2||Los Angeles, California||3,971,883||Los Angeles Times||N|
|3||Chicago, Illinois||2,720,546||Chicago Tribune||N|
|4||Houston, Texas||2,296,224||Houston Chronicle||N|
|5||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1,567,442||Philadelphia Inquirer||N|
|6||Phoenix, Arizona||1,563,025||The Arizona Republic||N|
|7||San Antonio, Texas||1,469,845||San Antonio Express||N|
|8||San Diego, California||1,394,928||The San Diego Union-Tribune||N|
|9||Dallas, Texas||1,300,092||The Dallas Morning News||N|
|10||San Jose, California||1,026,908||San Jose Mercury||N|
|11||Austin, Texas||931,830||The Austin American-Statesman||N|
|12||Jacksonville, Florida||868,031||The Florida Times-Union||N|
|13||San Francisco, California||864,816||San Francisco Chronicle||N|
|14||Indianapolis, Indiana||853,173||The Indianapolis Star||N|
|15||Columbus, Ohio||850,106||The Columbus Dispatch||N|
|16||Fort Worth, Texas||833,319||Fort Worth Star-Telegram||N|
|17||Charlotte, North Carolina||827,097||The Charlotte Observer||N|
|18||Seattle, Washington||684,451||The Seattle Times||N|
|19||Denver, Colorado||682,545||The Denver Post||N|
|20||El Paso, Texas||681,124||El Paso Times||N|
|21||Detroit, Michigan||677,116||The Detroit Free Press||N|
|22||Washington, D.C.||672,228||The Washington Post||N|
|23||Boston, Massachusetts||667,137||The Boston Globe||N|
|24||Memphis, Tennessee||655,770||The Commercial Appeal||N|
|25||Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee||654,610||The Tennessean||N|
|Source: United States Census Bureau|
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