Several mainstream news organizations in recent years have let go of their science reporters and done away with their science sections altogether. The science section of The New York Times, which is one of the few left in the country, features more health-related stories and fewer hard-science stories than it used to, said [Natalie] Angier, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Yeah, the public likes science, but affect (emotion) and knowledge are very different bowls of red syrupy sugary drink. After all, only 47 percent of Americans know electrons are smaller than atoms. Yup, I'm reeeaaal optimistic, as science writing disappears.