Fox's O'Reilly Forgot to Factor in CSPI's Leftist Leanings
‚ÄúHungry? Watch out, food in America is becoming increasingly suspect,‚ÄĚ warned Fox News‚Äôs Bill O‚ÄôReilly as he introduced his top story for the December 11 ‚ÄúO‚ÄôReilly Factor.‚ÄĚ
But in the interview segment that followed, O‚ÄôReilly turned to an activist from the liberal Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to give viewers advice on food preparation in the wake of a Taco Bell E. Coli outbreak.
O‚ÄôReilly himself issued a call for more government regulation, and he left out any mention of the CSPI‚Äôs liberal, pro-regulation agenda.
‚ÄúIf you‚Äôre going to depend on the federal government to defend you, you‚Äôre going to get sick, and maybe die,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôReilly lamented even as he suggested to CSPI‚Äôs Caroline Smith DeWaal that ‚Äúmaybe we should have more stringent law‚ÄĚ to regulate the fruit and vegetables sold in American supermarkets.
Even so, ‚Äúthe government is not going to be able to regulate massive amounts of food going coast to coast,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôReilly insisted before asking DeWaal what consumers can do to protect themselves.
But while DeWaal‚Äôs went on to give tips to his audience about how to safeguard themselves from bacterial infection, O‚ÄôReilly left out how CSPI leans heavily in favor of government regulation as a solution to preventing food-borne illness.
In a November 2005 report, CSPI called for Congress to ‚Äúpass legislation to form a unified, independent food-safety agency‚ÄĚ with the power ‚Äúto recall food from the market and to penalize companies that produce contaminated products.‚ÄĚ
What‚Äôs more, while DeWaal avoided sounding the alarm for government regulation, she‚Äôs no stranger to political theatre.
‚ÄúPresident Bush, don‚Äôt make us put our lives on the line every time we put meat on our plates,‚ÄĚ DeWaal complained in a March 14, 2002, press statement that urged greater federal regulation of ground beef.
The Business & Media Institute has previously documented CSPI‚Äôs penchant for litigation as a means of changing public policy, a point the media frequently ignore.
‚ÄúThe judicial system can play an important role in spurring public health advances,‚ÄĚ CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson argued in a May 3 press release. Yet the following morning on ‚ÄúThe Early Show,‚ÄĚ co-host Julie Chen failed to mention, much less question, CSPI‚Äôs use of lawsuit threats to achieve its aims.