Fox's O'Reilly Forgot to Factor in CSPI's Leftist Leanings
â€śHungry? Watch out, food in America is becoming increasingly suspect,â€ť warned Fox Newsâ€™s Bill Oâ€™Reilly as he introduced his top story for the December 11 â€śOâ€™Reilly Factor.â€ť
But in the interview segment that followed, Oâ€™Reilly turned to an activist from the liberal Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to give viewers advice on food preparation in the wake of a Taco Bell E. Coli outbreak.
Oâ€™Reilly himself issued a call for more government regulation, and he left out any mention of the CSPIâ€™s liberal, pro-regulation agenda.
â€śIf youâ€™re going to depend on the federal government to defend you, youâ€™re going to get sick, and maybe die,â€ť Oâ€™Reilly lamented even as he suggested to CSPIâ€™s Caroline Smith DeWaal that â€śmaybe we should have more stringent lawâ€ť to regulate the fruit and vegetables sold in American supermarkets.
Even so, â€śthe government is not going to be able to regulate massive amounts of food going coast to coast,â€ť Oâ€™Reilly insisted before asking DeWaal what consumers can do to protect themselves.
But while DeWaalâ€™s went on to give tips to his audience about how to safeguard themselves from bacterial infection, Oâ€™Reilly left out how CSPI leans heavily in favor of government regulation as a solution to preventing food-borne illness.
In a November 2005 report, CSPI called for Congress to â€śpass legislation to form a unified, independent food-safety agencyâ€ť with the power â€śto recall food from the market and to penalize companies that produce contaminated products.â€ť
Whatâ€™s more, while DeWaal avoided sounding the alarm for government regulation, sheâ€™s no stranger to political theatre.
â€śPresident Bush, donâ€™t make us put our lives on the line every time we put meat on our plates,â€ť DeWaal complained in a March 14, 2002, press statement that urged greater federal regulation of ground beef.
The Business & Media Institute has previously documented CSPIâ€™s penchant for litigation as a means of changing public policy, a point the media frequently ignore.
â€śThe judicial system can play an important role in spurring public health advances,â€ť CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson argued in a May 3 press release. Yet the following morning on â€śThe Early Show,â€ť co-host Julie Chen failed to mention, much less question, CSPIâ€™s use of lawsuit threats to achieve its aims.