It isn’t amusing any more, if it ever was.
If you are a member of the media, and you have “reported” credulously that it is even remotely plausible that the collisions (or even more ridiculously, turning the damn thing on) will destroy or end the world, you are contributing to a serious problem. People are receiving death threats and killing themselves because of the atrocious media hysteria.
Those who persist in perpetuating these unfounded, sensationalized rumors after being corrected, and especially those who do so after being made aware of the negative consequences of their actions, are morally if not legally responsible for the results of their actions. Due diligence- it’s your job:
- Study of Potentially Dangerous Events During Heavy-Ion Collisions at the LHC: Report of the LHC Safety Study Group (2003)
- CERN Scientific Policy Committee (SPC) Report on the LHC Safety Assessment Group (LSAG) Documents
- Review of the safety of LHC collisions (Ellis et al. 2008)
On a lighter note: