Anyone with an interest in science already knows how shockingly bad the science reporting is in most newspapers and television news shows. For every top-notch writer like John Noble Wilford or Sharon Begley, who actually understand and can explain new developments in science, there are scores of reporters who don't know jack about science but turn in the column inches anyway, in between covering the tire-dump fire and the new llama at the zoo. Most science reporting is nothing but rewriting press releases, and that's usually the best. The worst comes when reporters try to be "balanced" and give equal time to lunatics and quacks.
Happily, in the United Kingdom there is a reporter who is willing to speak up and name names about bad science reporting. Ben Goldacre's weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian is a great corrective to sloppy science journalism. He also can write.