If it's peer reviewed, journalists won't question it
Does the media lose its sense of balance when dealing with peer-reviewed studies? Apparently, some won't even ask mildly skeptical questions, even on politically-sensitive issues. One newspaper editor says,
"We are dealing with a peer-reviewed journal study, and I don't feel at all comfortable going beyond what they are publishing. That is not our role."
This is on a study about marijuana smoking possible causing gum disease. If even the science beat won't question academic studies, what hope is there that sports editors will?