"I have a healthy disregard for anybody and everybody who has not made advances in the field in which they are pontificating."
I do believe that science writers should be SCIENTISTS that know how to write. I see many "science writers" around. But, most of them I think are just bloggers that cover scientific topics. Since they lack in the basics of the science they are writing about, I do not pay much attention to their ideas and writings. Sad but true.