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It is necessarily so. . .

Between Dr. Sassmore and the first chapter of It Ain't Necessarily So, I felt like they both covered the same thing. The media candy-coats every little detail, to make it more appealing and important. I loved the way that Dr. Sassmore used the fact that cigarette smokers are 20% more likely to get cancer. But, in reality, they have only an increased chance of .2. In It Ain't Necessarily So, they talked about how Newswriting is a career, so they must pose important and alarming facts in order to attract readers. This is why a newspaper would say that a smoker has a 20% greater chance of acquiring cancer than a non-smoker. The media just skews it and uses it as a hook for readers.

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