The blog Dispatches from the Cultural Wars has just included a post Can we please ban the evolutionary article template? This looks at a news article Missing link found? Scientists unveil fossil of 47 million year old primate which over-hypes the discovery of yet another transitional fossil.
I decided to add the following comment:
The news item is easy to understand if you realise that much of science has become a commercial industry which sells “new” information about some aspect of the world we live in. While many “pure” scientists may abhor this, the market place is becoming dominated by the need to publicise your self-styled successes in order to grab a larger share of the funds and prestige in a highly competitive market.