Extra! Update June 1998

    'We Paid $3 Billion for These Stations. We'll Decide What the News Is'

    Steve Wilson and Jane Akre, a husband-and-wife investigative reporting team at WTVT, Fox's Tampa Bay affiliate, thought they had a dynamite story: Despite promises to consumers, supermarkets in Florida were selling milk produced with rBGH, a synthetic growth hormone developed by Monsanto that boosts milk production. The use of rBGH causes udder infections in cows, requiring increased use of antibiotics, but the monitoring of antibiotic residues in milk was inadequate, Akre and Wilson found. Most ominously, the Fox reporters found that some scientists believe that rBGH-boosted milk contains heightened levels of IGF-1, a hormone associated with increased risk of cancer ...


    Press Sanctions Famine

    On April 28, millions of American television viewers saw a news story about Iraq receiving humanitarian aid from a Connecticut-based relief group called AmeriCares. Both CBS Evening News and ABC's World News Tonight did reports on the shipments; each network described the AmeriCares mission as in some way "a first" or "pioneering." "This is the first time since the Gulf War that American aid of any kind has been flown in," ABC's Peter Jennings declared. CBS described the shipment as the "first approved humanitarian aid from the U.S." The reports were literally correct, but deceptive: A group called Voices in ...