Shade Balls or just bollocks

The downside of the ever faster news cycle is that reporters have a lot less time to dig into stories, and regurgitate PR as news. A good example: the California Drought & Shade Balls story from last week. LA Weekly points out that it was political spin. In reality the “purpose of the balls is to prevent sunlight from interacting with chlorine to produce bromate, which is a suspected carcinogen.” [LA Weekly]