How Two Former Fox Reporters Found Out To Their Cost Just How Corrupt And Far Reaching Monsanto’s Reach Is.
By David Noble
Writer for End the Lie
Fox News reporters Steve Wilson & Jane Akre uncovered a disturbing piece of information after Fox television told them to cover any story or subject that they wanted and to ask hard questions for a new show called the Investigators.
One of the first story’s that they came up with was that most of the milk in California and in fact most of the country was contaminated with the artificial growth hormone Posilac. This is injected into cows so that they produce more milk and has been proven to be a cancer-causing growth hormone.
Jane stated that
”With Monsanto I didn’t realize how effectively a corporation could work to get something on the market place. The levels of coordination that they had to have, they had to get university professors into the fold, they had to get experts into the fold, they had to get reporters into the fold, they had to get the public into the fold and of course the FDA, lets not leave them out. They had to get the federal regulators convinced that this was a fine and safe product to get it onto the market place and they did that very very well”
Posilac was rubber stamped by the Federal Government before they put it on the market place with the longest test done for toxicity being 90 days on 30 rats. The results of this test were either misreported to the FDA or the FDA were not interested in the safety of Posilac.
Scientists within Health Canada looked very carefully at BGH (bovine growth hormones) and came to a disturbing conclusion that totally contradicts those of the FDA in the US. Their findings showed that Monsanto’s engineered growth hormone did not comply with safety requirements and could be absorbed into the body with serious implications for human health. Mysteriously that conclusion was deleted from the final publication of Monsanto’s report.
Unlike those in the US the Canadian scientists stood up and proclaimed that it was not safe. Dr Shiv Chopra said that
“ they had been pressured and coerced to pass drugs of questionable safety including the rBST( Posilac). I personally was very concerned that there is a very serious problem of secrecy, conspiracy and other things of that nature, and that something needs to be done”
This put the FDA in a difficult position to come up with an explanation which they failed to do. Despite this Posilac was not pulled off the market.
Steve Wilson & Jane Akre wrote the story with Fox even buying adds to promote the show. But on Friday night 3 nights before the show was due to be aired they got a letter from a high priced lawyer in New York hired by Monsanto. Steve explains
“It contained a lot of things that were off the wall faults, but if you didn’t know the story and how we had gone about producing it, it would have scared you as a broadcaster or manager”
It was decided to pull the story and check it one more time. Steve continued
“The bottom line was that there was no factual errors in that story. Both sides had been heard from and had had an opportunity to speak”
One week later Monsanto sent a second letter which threatened dire consequences for Fox News if the story aired in Florida. Fox under the threat of being sued and losing advertising dollars showed more concerned for making profit from advertisements for Monsanto’s products like, Round-up, NutraSweet, aspartame and other products than informing the public of this serious health concern.
Steve and Jane explained what happened
Steve “so we got into a battle and the first deal was the new general manager”
Jane ”His name is Dave and Dave is a salesman, and you know he would pump your hand and ask how you are doing”
Steve ” He called us upstairs to his office and said, what would you say if I killed this piece, what if it never ran, and we said that we would not be very happy about that and he reply-ed that he could kill it you know. we said that yes you are the manager, you could kill it and it would never air. And he was humming and hawing before finally blurting out asking us if we would tell anybody. I said look I am not going to lie for you.
About a week later he called us back to the office and said I would like you to make these changes, in fact you will make these changes.
We said let us show you the research we have that shows you that the information you want us to broadcast isn’t true.
He replied that he didn’t care about that, I said pardon me to which he replied that’s what I have lawyers for just write it the way the lawyers want it written.
I said you know this is news, this is important, this is stuff people need to know. I will never forget he didn’t pause a beat as he said we just paid three billion dollars for these television stations, we will tell you what the news is, the news is what we says it is”
Steve continued ” I said I am not doing that, to which he told me that if we refused to present this story the way we think it should be presented you will be fired for insubordination. I said that I would go to the Federal communications commission and report that I was fired from my job by you the licensee of these public airwaves because I refuse to lie to people on the air”
About a week later the general manager called them back offering to pay them the rest of their years salary if they agreed not to talk about what Monsanto had done, to not talk about the Fox corporate response in suppressing the story or talk about the story and to never talk about BGH.
After the bribe was refused it was decided to rewrite the story in a way that they could all agree upon. But problems soon surfaced after they started rewriting the story with their lawyers.
“For example they wanted to do things like take out the word cancer, saying that you don’t have to identify what the potential problem is, just say human health implications. Any criticism of Monsanto or their product, they either removed it or minimized it. And it was very clear with almost every edit that they made to the piece that this was the aim”.
The piece was rewritten an unheard of 83 times in an attempt to convince the reporters to either go with an untrue version or to stall long enough for the first window in their contract so that they could fire them which they then did for no cause.
This prompted Steve to write a letter to Caroline Forrest the Fox Corporate lawyer, stating that they were being fired for refusing to put something on air that they had demonstrated to be false and misleading, also because they had also stood up to Monsanto, The stations editors and lawyers. The lawyer wrote a letter back admitting that they were right and this was the reason that they were let go. This was a big mistake.
This response by the lawyer gave Steve and Jane the whistle blower status that they needed in Florida to file a whistle blower claim against their former employers which Jane did.
On August 18, 2000 after three judges, 27 months of pre-trial wrangling and five weeks of courtroom testimony, Jane was awarded $425,000 in damages for being fired by Fox.
Unfortunately and worryingly her appeal court judges found that falsifying news is not actually against the law, so they denied Jane her whistle blower status and overturned the case, withdrawing her $425,000 award.
So once again Monsanto got away with putting profit before the health of their customers. They have shown repeatedly that they not only have the FDA, politicians and law-courts but also the main media in their pockets. There is no question of their guilt in this case or of the dangers of BGH. But Monsanto’s corrupt reach seems to know no bounds. We cannot rely on anybody but ourselves to keep us safe from the likes of Monsanto. The answer is surprisingly simple, stop supporting them. Buy organic and let those in authority and the Main Stream Media know that we are on to them.
There is a big chance that the milk that you are feeding to your family comes from a cow injected with BGH. Think of how much the risk of getting cancer has grown in recent years and ask yourself if you really want to chance this for yourself and your family. By paying a bit more and buying organic milk you could be saving your family from serious illness.
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