Someone recently referred to me as a "pissed-off teddy bear." Which I kind of liked, though the reality is that I'm only ever pissed off around this particular woman because she drives me nuts.
Regardless of the legal merits of this case, aaron, do you not find fox's actions in supressing the truth reprehensible?
Would I find supressing of the truth reprehensible? Yes, as long as it is the absolute truth, and not merely the kind of out-of-context truth presented in order to make a Big Evil Conglomerate look bad and thus get ratings for the TV station. (And add to the reporters' prestige, I might add.)
And in this case, I think there's a lot of evidence that is just what this pair was attempting. When a news organization is threatened with a libel suit, the senior editors have every reason to go over the news reports with a fine-tooth comb to make sure everything in the reports is unquestionably true, and that the story isn't being questionably sensationalized ... in other words, to make sure it's not largely unsubstantiated FUD. I think the editors found that the story was indeed sensationalized FUD, and that it left out lots of important points, especially the points that 1) BGH is in all milk anyway; 2) it's broken down into harmless amino acids by enzymes in the human digestive system; and 3) even if it did survive intact, it's so radically different from the humain proteins that it doesn't interact with the human body at all. In other words, that it's harmless. (The fact that these two have since lined up only with left-wing media pressure groups to get their story out doesn't exactly add to their credibility, either.)
However, the fact remains that the editors and senior producers are those in charge of the news broadcasts, and if they decide a story isn't going to air, it isn't going to air. Reporters do not gain an automatic right to airtime just because they've been hired.
The Murdoch-Bush-Industrial Complex rides again.
Really, Paris? That's quite an impressive conspiracy you've uncovered there, considering that these two were fired in the fall of 1997.posted by aaron at 10:37 PM on May 9, 2001
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