Iowa Radio Station Dumps ABC Over ‘Pink Slime’ Coverage
ABC News is having a banner week. First it was forced to acknowledge that reporter Brian Ross had smeared an innocent member of the Colorado Tea Party (and Tea Partiers more broadly) by speculating on-air that
Now, because it’s hysterical reporting harmed an industry and cost hundreds of jobs, an
Radio station KSCJ-AM has decided to cut affiliation with ABC News because of the coverage of the “pink slime” controversy and Beef Products Inc.
Beef Products Inc., a company smeared by ABC News earlier this year for production of lean finely textured beef (LFTB), had to suspend operations in plants in three different states after ABC’s Jim Avila called LFTB “pink slime” 52 times in two weeks. The people of
Beef Products Inc. had a large plant near
As the MRC has reported, ABC reporter Jim Avila went on a rampage against Beef Products Inc. and LFTB and because it is treated to get rid of any excess germs and make the meat safer for consumers. In a series of ten stories in two weeks, LFTB was referenced as “pink slime” a whopping 52 times. In one broadcast on March 22,
This mass hysteria led to a “well-balanced” panel on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Meyers” where LFTB was compared to tobacco, lead, and mercury. This panel included New York Times columnist and food critic Mark Bittman, HuffPo writer Amanda Terkel, and token conservative Kerry Picket from The Washington Times. Picket was talked over and ignored the entire segment, while Bittman was given the opening part of the panel uninterrupted.
Not surprisingly, the only outlet to mention KSCJ’s movement away from ABC and the damage