Strange Brew of Coverage Now Brings Praise for Coffee
â€śToday we got more intriguing evidence that coffee can be good for you, with a new study that suggests it can cut your risk of Type 2 Diabetes,â€ť ABCâ€™s Charles Gibson announced in the June 26 evening newscast. But just a week earlier, the same networkâ€™s morning show rallied to an anti-food industry groupâ€™s complaint against Starbucks.
â€śDaily cups of coffee have been linked to a reduced risk of Parkinsonâ€™s disease, liver cancer, gallstones, and especially Type 2 Diabetes,â€ť reporter John McKenzie noted on â€śWorld News Tonight,â€ť adding that â€śdrinking four cups of coffee a dayâ€ť of eight ounces each, â€śis associated with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of developing diabetes.â€ť
Seven days earlier, ABC was warning frequent trips to the local coffee bar could prove deadly.
In a June 19 segment on â€śGood Morning America,â€ť ABCâ€™s Elisabeth Leamy showcased the complaints of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a liberal anti-food industry group that is taking KFC to court over the oil it uses to fry chickens.
On that program, ABC substitute anchor Kate Snow portrayed CSPI as a â€śconsumerâ€ť group while reporter Leamy left unchecked CSPI director Michael Jacobsonâ€™s loaded rhetoric, such as accusing Starbucks of selling doughnuts cooked with a â€śkiller substance.â€ť
On June 21, CBS also took jabs at Big Java, worrying about teenagers becoming addicted to the brewed beverage. But in her report on the â€śEarly Show,â€ť reporter Susan McGinnis didnâ€™t mention any studies which point to benefits of regular coffee drinking.