Fox News hired Jane Akre and a couple of other reporters as an
investigative unit and did a snazzy promo about that.
The first case they investigated was Monsanto’s bovine growth hormone, RBGH.
This is the whistleblower story behind the
Fox Can Lie lawsuit.
ITN in the U.K. reporting about Health Canada’s report on bovine growth hormone:
Monsanto’s engineered growth hormone did not comply with safety requirements.
It could be absorbed by the body, and therefore did have implications
for human health.
Mysteriously, that conclusion was deleted from the final, published version
of their report.
That was for a product that U.S. EPA had approved with little or no testing.
Fox’s investigative unit had the story, but Monsanto threatened to sue Fox.
the video for the details.
Here’s the rundown: On August 18, 2000, journalist Jane Akre won $425,000 in a court ruling where she charged she was pressured by Fox News management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information.
The real information: she found out cows in Florida were being injected with RBGH, a drug designed to make cows produce milk – and, according to FDA-redacted studies, unintentionally designed to make human beings produce cancer.
Fox lawyers, under pressure by the Monsanto Corporation (who produced RBGH), rewrote her report over 80 times to make it compatible with the company’s requests. She and her husband, journalist Steve Wilson, refused to air the edited segment.
That wasn’t the end of it. An appelate court granted Fox a license to lie:
In February 2003, Fox appealed the decision and an appellate court and had it overturned. Fox lawyers argued it was their first amendment right to report false information. In a six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals decided the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a “law, rule, or regulation.”
So Fox has legally been able to continue to lie on behalf of Monsanto.