Strange Brew of Coverage Now Brings Praise for Coffee
âToday 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 ABCâs Charles Gibson announced in the June 26 evening newscast. But just a week earlier, the same networkâs morning show rallied to an anti-food industry groupâs complaint against Starbucks.
âDaily cups of coffee have been linked to a reduced risk of Parkinsonâs disease, liver cancer, gallstones, and especially Type 2 Diabetes,â reporter John McKenzie noted on âWorld News Tonight,â adding that âdrinking four cups of coffee a dayâ of eight ounces each, âis associated with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of developing diabetes.â
Seven days earlier, ABC was warning frequent trips to the local coffee bar could prove deadly.
In a June 19 segment on âGood Morning America,â ABCâs 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 âconsumerâ group while reporter Leamy left unchecked CSPI director Michael Jacobsonâs loaded rhetoric, such as accusing Starbucks of selling doughnuts cooked with a âkiller substance.â
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 âEarly Show,â reporter Susan McGinnis didnât mention any studies which point to benefits of regular coffee drinking.