Science Funding Misinformation

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

A headline on a news story falsely claims that ‘9 countries outspend the US on science.’ In fact, America spends more than all nine combined.

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Seeking firm numbers regarding the amount of money the United States spends on scientific research, I recently typed the following phrase into Google:

US R&D spending versus other countries nations

A list of results appeared, the first of which was a link to Wikipedia, not always the most reliable source. The second was an outrageously inaccurate headline from Business Insider. It declared that “9 countries outspend the US on science”:

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This is a shameful example of fake news. Of distorting reality. Of telling people the opposite of the truth.

Clicking the link took me to a page with a slightly different headline: “These 9 countries spend a greater share of money on science than the United States.” The news story, published a year ago, is about an OECD…

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