Cancer and Monsanto
Be forewarned this is not
a fun article. It is a very depressing article.
This is an article about
men who lie and corporations who think it is okay to deceive us.
Every day I see another
story about some man who refuses to do the right thing or who is
willing to absolutely lie to our faces. As you read this story, you
will read about lawyers who willingly accept money to suppress
critical facts that would clearly benefit the public interest. They
do this to protect their own corporation’s bottom line. What kind
of values do these men possess?
The Medical Industry
Nor do I trust all
doctors like I once did. I just finished watching an excellent
remake of “Coma”, the story of hospital executives who deliberately
put otherwise healthy patients into comas to harvest body parts as
well as to do risky medical research on their bodies.
Why is it that this plot
is totally believable? Every day of the week I see one hospital
after another that advertises that their cancer treatment is so
great that you won’t even feel a thing.
Last night I heard one on
the radio that actually said their radiation is so accurate that no
healthy tissue will be damaged. Can
you imagine a more absurd statement? Radiation is closer to
sledgehammer than a laser.
Another cancer hospital
advertises that their staff actually promises to care about their
patients! Really? How much extra does that cost?
Modern health care has become so impersonal that
now they advertise they will care about you.
How does a
hospital say stuff
like this with a straight face? What have we come to?
Hospitals are having a
field day with cancer. Today cancer means so much money that it
isn’t hard to believe a hospital would say or do anything to gain an
Do we even trust
hospitals anymore? Dealing with the medical industry has never
been more frightening because often we are forced to take the word
of strangers whose true motives are so murky. Are they looking out
for our best interests or simply trying to prolong our stay till the
insurance runs out? If you can’t trust your doctor, who can you
Mind you, I am not
issuing a blanket condemnation of all health care workers. Every
individual I know on a personal basis seems pretty decent to me.
But I have met one evil doctor in my life. Once you meet a person
who deliberately lies to a vulnerable patient for his own benefit,
it is difficult to ever completely surrender your trust again.
Who among us hasn’t heard
an “evil doctor” story? Lurking in the background are horror
stories about the medical industry. Just read the paper. The hospitals are well
aware of this public suspicion.
Where do you suppose this
growing suspicion comes from? My guess is a
groundswell of bad experiences.
example, back in June 2012 I encountered a person who
was so bitter towards the health industry that he/she lashed out at
me for having the nerve to support mainstream medicine.
This person soundly chewed out
me out for asking people
to donate to my daughter’s Texas 4000 campaign to raise money for
"Rick, I know you are trying to be Mr. Nice Guy and you honestly
believe that they are actually trying to find a cure for cancer.
But that is one of the biggest hoaxes and lies ever invented.
Maybe you have an ulterior motive? Maybe you want to piggyback on
this ‘help find a cure for cancer’ so you can make some money. If
so, then you are no better than the rest."
I was stunned. This
person actually had the nerve to suggest that either I or my
daughter must be benefitting from the money for me to support such a
terrible cause. I was offended. Yet I was also curious.
asked why was this person so
bitter towards the medical profession?
turned out this person's mother had been badly mistreated during her
cancer scare. The experience was so horrible that this person
began to investigate every angle of the business. This person
concluded that the
“Cancer Industry” was one long horror story created by the
profit-seeking drug industry known as “Big Pharm” and the
hospitals. How could I possibly dream of supporting these crooks?
In this person’s opinion, anyone associated with mainstream cancer
treatment was in cahoots with the evil doers.
For the record, this is
my position. There is clearly a cancer epidemic in our country. I
don’t want to get cancer and neither do you. And if I do get it,
knock on wood, I want to have a fighting chance to lick the
Therefore I support all
the research efforts that goes into understanding what causes cancer
and finding ways to prevent it and to cure it. I am almost certain
that amazing medical discoveries will come from supporting the
research. Just like the untold benefits that came from the space
race, anything that improves our country’s medical technology is
just as valuable. Therefore I will help raise money for cancer
research with pride... and certainly not with
any sense of shame.
Dark Forces and the Cancer Epidemic
On the other hand, I
agree that something is terribly WRONG in our Health industry.
For starters, the Health industry has some very
ugly allies in the Drug industry.
Although I didn’t
particularly appreciate being insulted by my conspiracy theory
friend, you might be surprised to know I believe there are
dark forces operating in America that DIRECTLY contribute to our
country’s cancer problem.
who are these "Dark Forces"? Well, the usual suspects of
course. The Tobacco Industry, the Drug Companies, and the
Chemical Companies for starters.
I also believe these dark forces have
lawyers, politicians and much of the media behind them.
You would be proud of
me. Rather than just blow my accuser off, I took the time to
actually listen to the arguments. In particular, I watched one of
the documentaries suggested to me,
Cancer the Forbidden Cures.
The documentary was
alarming to say the least.
One point in particular
caught my attention.
The documentary said
One person in 20 got
cancer in 1900.
One person in 16 got cancer in 1940.
One person in 10 got cancer in 1970.
One person in 03 got cancer in 2000.
The most recent
statistics suggest that
1 in 2 men will develop cancer at some point in their life.
1 in 3 women will develop cancer at some point in their life.
This is ridiculous.
Something is causing this epidemic.
There are several
theories to explain the increase. You have surely heard them
1 – Smoking
2 – Air Pollution
3 – Contaminated Drinking Water
4 – Tainted Food Supply
To quote Hamlet,
“Something is rotten in Denmark”. That said, something is clearly
rotten in the United States as well.
Dr. Jeffrey Wigand
So why don’t we do
something about it? Well, those “dark forces” I alluded to will
strike down anyone willing to take a stand. More people would do
something about the problems if they didn’t have to risk their lives
and their livelihood just to do the right thing.
Anyone who dares to stand
up to the “dark forces” risks everything. It is one thing to be
brave all by yourself. However, if you have a family, do you dare
take a stand and risk losing it all?
Let’s study the story of
one man who attempted to do this very thing in face of all the dire
consequences. To date, the one man I admire the most is Dr. Jeffrey
Dr. Wigand is the man who blew the lid
off the Tobacco Industry’s lies in a famous interview on 60 Minutes
with Mike Wallace.
Dr. Wigand had his life
threatened. He lost his job. He lost his marriage. His wife left
him and took his kids. He lost his home. He lost his health
insurance which was important since his daughter had acute asthma.
The tobacco industry went
all out to discredit Wigand and ruin his reputation. No one would
hire him after that. Wigand was sued for his whistle-blower
activities and threatened with incarceration. Big Tobacco said
Wigand violated his Confidentiality agreement, so they took him to
court for having the guts to tell the world that Tobacco was
deliberately concealing studies that proved the link between smoking
and cancer. Wigand also said the Tobacco industry was sitting on
reports that proved that nicotine was highly addictive.
In short, Dr. Wigand
suffered tremendously for his courage. And you know what? It
didn’t stop him. To get a very good idea of the sacrifices
Wigand made and the terrors he faced, watch the excellent movie
The Insider with Al Pacino as Mike Wallace and Russell Crowe as
Dr. Wigand. Here is a look at one of the scenes from the movie:
Looking at the movie set in the temporary courtroom in Pascagoula,
where the deposition actually took place, Mississippi Attorney
General Moore was surprised by the attention to detail, both in the
set and the depiction of courtroom activity.
"I remember the original showdown vividly. There were about fifty
or sixty tobacco lawyers piled up over there," Moore recalled,
pointing to the far side of the room.
"Some of them were actually smoking cigarettes, blowing smoke rings.
They were the most arrogant bunch I've ever seen. But when we
finally got the word that Jeffrey would give his deposition, I
walked in and gave the signal. And all those guys went nuts. They
were incredulous that this man had defied all their threats."
That was the day that
Wigand took the SOBs down.
Tobacco has never been
the same since.
I can personally say that
the incidence of smoking in Europe is two or three times higher than
it is in America. I give the credit to Dr. Wigand for exposing
Tobacco at great personal risk. His heroic action helped turn
American opinion so strongly against this evil industry that I have
witnessed an incredible decrease in smoking in my own country. Too
bad Europe doesn’t have someone like him.
In Dr. Wigand’s own
“I am honored that people think I am a hero. I do not accept that
moniker as others are much more deserving of it. I did what was
right. I have no regrets and would do it again. As you see, we
were just ordinary people placed in some extraordinary situations
who did the right thing... as all people should do.”
Okay, so what about our
Have you ever heard the
rumor that red meat and cancer are linked? It takes about a
nanosecond to find articles all over the Internet that suggest red
meat might be dangerous.
Here’s one in the New
Red Meat Linked to Cancer and Heart Disease
It doesn’t take long to
find a website willing to remind people that red meat may contain
antibiotics, steroids, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and even
“pink slime” (a goo made out of waste trimmings previously reserved
for dog food and cooking oil).
Okay, we’ve heard that
before, but who believes that kind of stuff? Last time anyone
checked, the Big Macs were still flying off the skillet.
Hamburgers are one thing,
but what about milk? Milk is the very icon of health. Milk is
Mom, babies and the American Way all wrapped into one delicious
What if someone told you
the milk you drink might be spiked with poisonous contamination?
Would you drink it
anyway? Would you give it to your children?
Of course not.
Heck, most of us don’t
even drink water out of the faucet any more. What if it turns out
we can’t even trust our milk?
There is cancer
everywhere and none of us feel safe. The threats are invisible.
We have no idea who or what is causing all these people to fall to
right and left of us. Every single one of us knows someone who is
suffering from cancer as I write. Cancer is so out of control it
reminds me of the Black Plague of Europe.
And then one day it could
be you or me who gets sick. As we wrestle with this terrifying
news, we could go crazy wondering what could have caused this or how
could we have prevented this. It’s not just tobacco anymore. I
know lots of people who get cancer who have never smoked a cigarette
in their life. Something is in the air. Or is it the water? Or
is it hidden asbestos in the wall? Or is that hamburger? What
could it be?
What if no one told you
about the milk? No one would ever suspect milk. More than likely
you would keep buying the milk and drinking it… over and over and
over again. And I bet your kids would drink the milk too.
And what happens when
your own kid ends up with childhood leukemia? It breaks your
heart. Go visit the Ronald MacDonald House in Houston where
families of sick children stay. You stare at the poor children and
wonder how all these precious innocent kids could possibly get
Let’s say you have a
child who is fighting for his life with childhood leukemia and you
are sick with grief and powerless to help. Someone tells you the
story of two investigative reporters who did everything in their
power to report a dangerous cancer-causing milk situation in Florida
only to be completely shut down by their very own news
Thinking back to all the times your kid drank the milk you gave him,
I bet you would go nuts.
I know I would. To think that a news organization would
deliberately kill a legitimate health warning is beyond
understanding. And yet that’s exactly what happened!
Jane Akre and
Recently a friend of mine
turned me onto a link that shared the story of Steve Wilson and Jane
Akre, two reporters who tried to break the story of a chemical
produced by Monsanto that was poisoning the milk-producing cows of
They were about to go on
air when Fox News, their employer, decided to shut them down.
The easiest way to get a
feel for the story is to watch the same video I saw:
Monsanto Cancer Milk - FOX NEWS KILLS STORY - FIRES Reporters
You should see the video,
but maybe you are busy or maybe you would prefer
to keep reading. If so, here is a brief synopsis of the story.
Wilson and Akre were
award-winning investigative reporters who were hired by Fox News in
Tampa, Florida, to protect the public.
This husband and wife
team did their job well. Almost immediately they uncovered a story
that was so important that they were later given the Goldman
Environmental prize, considered the Nobel Prize for the
environment. They discovered that 90% of the cows in Florida were
being injected with a bovine growth hormone known as Posilac. It
was manufactured by Monsanto.
Research had shown that
‘Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone’ (rbGH)
definitely caused cows to produce more milk. It increased a
cow’s output by 5%.
There you go. To get an
extra 5%, why bother adding one cow to the herd of twenty when you
can inject the animals with a convenient growth hormone?
Unfortunately rbGH did more than make Elsie the Cow make more milk.
The milk from treated cows has been dangerously linked to cancer.
article written by Jeffrey Smith of
the Huffington Post:
Milk from treated cows is different from normal milk. It has more
pus, more antibiotics, more bovine growth hormone, and most
importantly, higher levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor
IGF-1 is one of the most powerful growth hormones in the human body
and is naturally present in cows' milk.
Milk drinkers increase their IGF-1 levels. One study showed a 10%
increase. Another, analyzing diets of more than 1,000 nurses, showed
milk was the food most associated with high IGF-1 levels.
Neither of these studies used milk from cows treated with rbGH. If
they had, the results may have been considerably more significant,
since levels of IGF-1 in milk from treated cows can be up to 10
times higher, and according to rbGH expert Samuel Epstein MD,
detection methods may underestimate the amount and impact of this
increase by up to forty fold.
High IGF-1 levels is a huge cancer risk, according to more than
three dozen studies.
Rick’s Note: For the record, I have no idea
just how "dangerous" the risk is. I
have no science background and no medical background. Nor do I have any personal knowledge that this Florida milk
is as bad as they say it is. I have simply reprinted the words of
others. I also printed the source, now it’s up to you
for yourself whether you accept that the risk listed above is real or
One thing I
need to add is
that Steve Wilson and Jean Akre discovered that authorities in
Canada, the UK, and parts of Europe had all banned the use of
rbGH based on this research.
here in the United States, this same hormone had been approved by
Wilson and Akre discovered was that anyone in Florida who fed
regular milk to their family had a 90% chance of using milk from a
cow injected with rbGH, a growth hormone linked to cancer that was
feared in Europe and Canada but ignored by our own American health
Incredulous, Wilson and Akre put together a documentary that was
scheduled to be aired.
However, from the
perspective of Fox News, Wilson and Akre had done their job a bit
too well. Fox News pulled the story before it could air.
In a situation that
eerily parallels how Tobacco managed to initially get CBS to back
off from Jeffrey Wigand’s incredible ’60 minutes’ interview,
Monsanto accomplished the same thing with Fox News.
On the Friday before the
Monday air date, Monsanto's lawyer faxed a letter to Roger Ailes,
the head of Fox News in New York, claiming that the series was
biased and unscientific.
The letter threatened,
"There is a lot at stake in what is going on in Florida, not only
for Monsanto, but also for Fox News and its owner."
Rupert Murdoch, of course
is the owner. What was at stake was lots of Monsanto
advertising dollars for the Florida station, the entire Fox network,
and Murdoch's Actmedia, a major advertising agency used by Monsanto.
Monsanto spoke and Fox
listened. Fox pulled the series for "further review."
The Florida station's
general manager was warned about Monsanto’s threats. Fortunately, he
had a background in investigative reporting. The general manager
looked at the research and meticulously vetted the show. Then he
verified that every statement made by Wilson and Akre was accurate
and unbiased. Afterwards, he allowed the station to reschedule the
series for the following week.
immediately sent another, more strongly worded letter to Ailes, this
time indicating that the news story "could lead to serious damage to
Monsanto and dire consequences for Fox News."
The airing was postponed
Now a drama unfolded.
The general manager who had approved the piece was fired and a new
manager was installed at the Tampa station. Wilson and Akre were
called into his office.
“Dave”, as he was
referred by Wilson and Akre, began the meeting by saying, “What if I
killed this piece? Would you tell anybody?”
Wilson replied, “I’m not
going to lie for you.”
End of meeting.
A week later they were
back in Dave's office. This time Dave tried to intimidate them.
Dave said, “I have some changes I want you to make to your story.
You will make these changes.”
Wilson looked at the
changes and shook his head. “Our research shows that this
information you want me to broadcast isn't true.”
Dave replied, “I don't
care about that. That's what I have lawyers for. Just write it the
way the lawyers want it.”
Wilson said, “This is
news, Dave. This is important. This is stuff people need to know
to protect their families!”
Dave brushed him off.
“We just paid 3 Billion dollars for this TV station. You aren’t
going to tell us what the news is, we will tell you what the news
is. The news is what we say it is. If you refuse, you'll be
Wilson replied, “Go right
ahead. I will go to the FCC. I refuse to lie for you on the air.”
End of meeting.
A week later, Dave called
them back with a new strategy. “How about if we pay you some money
and you just go away?”
Wilson and Akre were
going to get the rest of the year’s salary in return for Monsanto
confidentiality. They would never speak about this anywhere.
So Wilson said, “Okay,
Dave, write it up! Let’s see what the offer is.”
Dave wrote it up. Then he
called them into his office. Dave eagerly asked, “Are you gonna sign
Wilson smiled. “Nah,
Dave, we’re not going to sign that.”
Disappointed, Dave said,
“Well, then send the contract back.”
Wilson said, “Nah, Dave,
we aren't going to send it back.”
End of meeting.
Then Dave moved on to a
new strategy. “Okay, if we can't buy you out and we can’t shut you
up, then let’s rewrite the story a little bit.”
Wilson and Akre would
spend the next EIGHT MONTHS rewriting the story. Almost every edit
weakened the story in Monsanto’s favor.
For example, they were told
to take out the word ‘Cancer’ and substitute the phrase ‘human
health implications’. Let's compare.
“If you drink the milk,
you might get cancer.”
“If you drink the milk,
it has human health implications.”
Change this, change
that. Remove this or minimize that. 83 times the script was
didn't take long for Wilson and Akre
figure it out. Obviously Fox didn't really want to put the story
on the air. They were just keeping Wilson and Akre busy with this
runaround so they couldn’t cause any trouble.
Dave and his Fox lawyers
were trying to wait them out or fire them if they made the
slightest mistake. Wilson and Akre did not make any mistakes.
They played the game.
Finally Fox just fired
Steve Wilson wrote a
letter to Carolyn Forrest, a Fox corporate lawyer. Among other
things, Wilson said, “You are firing us because we refused to put on
the air something that is false and misleading. We were fired
because we stood up and said there should be a principle higher than
just making money.”
The Fox lawyer replied,
"You're right! You stood up and that’s why we are letting you go.”
This reply was a
mistake... You can’t fire someone for refusing to do something
illegal... that’s retaliation. This letter gave Wilson and Akre
whistle blower status. So they sued Fox News.
3 years later, the jury’s
verdict came down in Acre and Wilson's favor. $425,000 in damages.
However, Fox appealed to
an appellate court. It took three more years, but Fox won after the
court declared that the FCC policy against falsification that Fox
violated was just a “policy” and not a “law, rule, or regulation”.
Since it was not against the law to lie on air, therefore the whistle blower law did not apply.
Acre wasn’t finished.
She took the same lawsuit to Florida, but her claim against Fox was
denied again on the grounds that falsifying news is NOT against the
In simple terms, yes, a
corporation can’t fire someone for refusing to do something illegal…
but if telling someone to lie on air is not necessarily “illegal”,
then you can fire them. The Florida judges
said Acre’s claim was no good because it is not against the law to
put false news on the air.
Since the FCC’s news
distortion policy did not qualify as a rule, law, or regulation,
implication of this decision was powerful.
The court had just indicated it was
completely permissible for
a news agency to insist that its reporters lie on the air if the
company told them to.
I understand that Fox
News is very popular with many Newsletter readers, so accept my
apology if I have stepped on any toes. I will simply say that I
didn’t make this stuff up. If you wish to fact-check me, go right
ahead. Dial up Google and try these key words: “fox news monsanto
right to lie”. See what you get.
If you wish to defend the
Fox position, be my guest… send me an email. I’ll be happy to print
Do these People have any morals at
the decision, even though
Canada and Europe upheld the ban on this growth hormone, Florida
continued to let the tainted milk flow. I believe Monsanto then
attempted to introduce the hormone drug to other states. For example, I
noticed a story where the governor of Kansas was petitioned to ban
the product in the mid-2000s.
You might be surprised to
learn this incident is not recent. The only thing ‘recent’ about
the Milk story is the fact that I just learned about it last week
in September 2012.
I asked my wife. Marla said she had never heard of this story before
The actual incident took
place in 1997. Thanks to the lawyers, that milk with all the pus
and all the antibiotics has been given to Florida’s children for the
past 15 years. Of course, if any of the kids get sick, good luck
proving what caused it.
As it stands, Monsanto
and other companies like them create these genetic modifying drugs
to increase corporate profits. As this story suggests, some of
these drugs are irresponsibly shoved down everyone's throats despite
valid medical objections. You begin to wonder what kind of people
run these companies. This story makes Monsanto out to be a scourge
of all life on planet Earth!!
You say to yourself,
“Surely the men who run Monsanto are decent human beings. They
wouldn’t deliberately foist a bad product on the public.”
And then you turn around
and watch Jeff Wigand’s The Insider. As you watch the scene
where the heads of the five largest Tobacco companies lie through
their teeth at a Congressional hearing, any naivety disappears.
that moment, you
realize there is a type of human being who really is willing to
poison an entire country with their product.
And you realize the
Monsanto mind-set is pretty much the same as that of the Tobacco
So you ask yourself,
"Can this be done? Is it possible to get a
dangerous product on the market? If so, how is this done?"
Well, you start with
money. Money clearly buys the lawyers who are willing to defend
these anti-life Tobacco and Chemical companies. I
don't think anyone who studied the Jeff Wigand story has trouble
accepting the Dark Forces use lawyers to great advantage.
Since it is obvious that
there are lawyers who don’t care, then why should the public health officials
we dare suggest some FDA officials might be willing to
listen to Monsanto's version of the science in
return for quasi-legal favors and benefits?
There are also
suggestions the Dairy industry is complicit with these drug makers
But to me, the biggest
question is how does an American Court return a verdict that so absurdly
violates all tenets of common sense? How does a court give a
corporation permission to lie to the public?
Do we dare ask if it is
possible that dark forces using BIG MONEY are able manipulate our
court system by electing cooperative judges?
Any fan of John Grisham’s
“The Appeal” would say yes.
Mississippi attorneys Wes and Mary Grace Payton have battled New
York City-based Krane Chemical in an effort to seek justice for
their client Jeannette Baker, who lost her husband and young son to
cancer likely caused by carcinogenic pollutants the company
knowingly and negligently allowed to seep into the town of Bowmore's
When the jury awards the plaintiff $3 million in wrongful death
damages and $38 million in punitive damages, billionaire CEO Carl
Trudeau vows to do whatever is necessary to overturn their decision
and save his company's stocks.
Since Mississippi Supreme Court justices are elected rather than
appointed, Trudeau plots with Barry Rinehart of Troy-Hogan, a Boca
Raton firm that specializes in elections and does secret deals off
shore. Together they begin a search to select a candidate who can defeat Sheila McCarthy,
a justice known
for her tendency to side with the underdog.
When it comes time for the Appeal, it would be a great advantage to
get one of their own guys on the court instead.
Now in all fairness,
Grisham’s book is a work of fiction. But it is said to be based on
a true story.
Can I prove any of this?
Of course not! For that matter, I could very easily be wrong about
several of the things I have printed. After all, everything I have
typed was simply copied from various websites. I have no way of
knowing how accurate these websites are.
So take it all with a
grain of chemically-altered salt.
Still Believe We Can Trust Corporations?
The only thing in this
article that I think you can accept as ‘fact’ is that cancer is out
Something is killing us.
It’s in the ground, it’s in the air, and it’s in the water.
For that matter, it is probably in our walls too if you buy the
mesothelioma arguments. I am
not a scientist. I am just an average person like you who feels
very vulnerable. I am trying to figure out where the threats are
and who I can trust.
I have already mentioned
The Insider, the true story of a research chemist who comes
under severe personal and professional attack when he decides to
appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.
And surely you’ve seen
Erin Brockovich, the true story of an unemployed single mother
who becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down
a California power company accused of polluting a city's water
Another good movie is
A Civil Action. This movie tells the true story of a court
case that revolved around the issue of trichloroethylene, an
industrial solvent, and its contamination of a local aquifer in
Massachusetts. A lawsuit was filed over industrial operations that
appeared to have caused fatal cases of leukemia and cancer among the
citizens of the town.
Let me repeat that all
three movies are true stories. Taken together, these movies show
beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are some chemical companies
and some tobacco companies that have no conscience. Not only will
these organizations pollute the environment and kill innocent
people, they have no qualms about using amoral lawyers to escape
example, I ran across a
story where Monsanto was sued in Pennsylvania for asbestos
manufacture. Monsanto lost.
when you have deep pockets and plenty of lawyers ready to do your
bidding, you never really lose, do you? After a marathon
series of appeals, seventeen years later (1990-2007), Monsanto won.
can't depend on our legal system to protect us, we assume the media
exists to protect us. Surely well-meaning reporters like Woodward
and Bernstein will cast light on all evil doers and help protect
society from these menaces.
However, if you remember,
thanks to the lawyers, the Washington Post was terrified of taking
on the corrupt Nixon White House. For that matter, my article has
shown that CBS also panicked in Wigand case
thanks to the lawyers. Fortunately, to
their credit, the Washington Post and CBS did finally get it right.
As a result, the world was rid of Nixon and Tobacco is now
back on its
As for Fox News, make up
your own mind. When Fox won the appeal, the news agency immediately
broadcast on the air that they had been vindicated. Surely someone
saw the irony of a news agency that openly celebrated winning the
right to lie to the public.
I ran across a
fascinating video titled
Media Lying & Distortion Of News is Not Against Law
The video featured a man
named Thom Hartmann speaking for a show called the Daily Take.
Hartmann cut it right down the middle. He just stated the facts and
kept his opinions to himself.
Hartmann explained that
there was a ruling dating all the way back to 1886 that first gave
corporations the right to lie. Then Hartmann traced how that thread
has affected court cases involving telling the truth all the way up
to the famous Nike sweatshop court case (Kasky vs. Nike) as well as
the Fox News situation.
Hartmann pointed out this "corporate lying" stuff is very
complicated. Nike actually lost its case, but Fox won.
Apparently the media is held to a different standard. Nike
broke a law, Fox broke a policy. Big difference.
In Hartmann’s words, the
2003 Fox News victory at the Appeals Court meant that as a
corporation, Fox not only had the right to lie, it also had the
right to force its reporters to lie with the threat of firing them
if they did not comply. Their reporters must
be willing to lie on the air when told to or risk being
fired. That decision still stands today.
that Fox has proven in court
it has the right to tell its reporters to lie to protect corporate
and political friends and advertising interests,
businesses such as Monsanto are emboldened to say whatever it
pleases them to say.
This has been a story that hints there is true evil that
exists inside our country. It seems that
America is littered with countless numbers of men who,
when given the choice, deliberately act in ways that are not in the
public’s best interest.
For every hero like
Woodward and Bernstein or Wilson and Akre or Jeffrey Wigand who
stand up at great personal risk for what is right, it seems like
there is an army of amoral lawyers who are more than willing to
represent the faceless dark forces.
What I want is the
opportunity to ask those Fox lawyers a simple question… Where do you
buy the milk that you serve to your children?
And then I want to ask
the Monsanto lawyers the same thing.
And then I want to ask
the men who run Monsanto if they are willing to drink a cup of
pus-filled Florida milk every day for a solid year. Let’s see if
they take the dare.