Maybe I was a little slow out of the gate on that one, but it dawned on me a while ago that press releases are one of the main problems when it comes to undermining the reliability of science reporting. This is especially relevant because sites like ScienceDaily, LiveScience, PhysOrg, and EurekAlert repost them with few or no changes, and this ends up being the only information about the study that many people read. In the most recent case, RPM and Larry point to a press release about an interesting article in PLoS Biology. Now, I am all for having accessible summaries of new articles, but inaccurate ones or those that play on common misconceptions are worse than nothing. So, what can be done about this? Can we require approval of press releases by the authors of the paper? (Not that this will help if the authors choose to partake in irresponsible hype). Are scientific blogs the only hope?