CNN Promotes Food Industry for a Change
Has CNNâs reporting on food gone to the dogs?
The audience of the August 5 edition of âIn the Moneyâ might suspect as much. On that program business contributor Andy Serwer narrated a âBrainstormâ segment looking at the âlatest trends and innovations the food industry has in store for youâ such as âfoods you can eat along with your pet.â
Foods you can scarf down with Skippy while channel-surfing past CNN on your way to Animal Planet? Tell me more.
âFor a look at some hot new products appearing on a store shelf near you, we recently headed to a food trade show in New York City,â the Fortune magazine editor explained as he opened his segment.
Aside from food fit for Fido, the CNN reporter also purred about candy being peddled as health food.
âGood news for humans as well. Call it health by chocolate. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is all the rage and listening to some suppliers tell it, thereâs no limit to the benefits,â Serwer cooed.
The light-hearted promotion of a food industry trade expo was a stark departure from the usual slant that CNN has often employed against the food industry:
On the Oct. 20, 2005, âAmerican Morningâ Serwer scoffed that âthe only thing sillier than suing McDonaldâs for being fat is passing a law preventing people from suing McDonalds from being fat.â Of course Serwer didnât explain how harmful those lawsuits are to the American economy, even if he agrees they arenât helpful for the American waistline.
On the Nov.26, 2005, âIn the Money,â co-hosts Christine Romans and Andy Serwer joined dietician Lisa Young as they blamed the FDA and food producers for âmisleadingâ consumers on what constitutes a serving size. Meanwhile co-host Susan Lisovicz blamed restaurants for âoffering even less healthy choicesâ after healthy offerings were going unpurchased.
The July 4 edition of âAmerican Morningâ gave viewers a condescending sermon on how not to shop in the grocery store, warning the Independence Day audience that they are slaves to foods that are âpackaged and placed in a way that says âbuy me.ââ