Nets Protect Their Own: Ignore ABC Defamation Settlement With Beef Company

PA Pundits - International

By Aly Nielsen~

The broadcast networks have refused to cover the conclusion of a massive defamation case involving one of their own.

ABC News and Beef Products Inc (BPI) reached a confidential settlement which concluded a 5-year-old lawsuit as of June 27. BPI filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against ABC News in 2012 for reports that the company’s lean finely textured beef (LFTB) as dangerous “pink slime.” ABC may have been liable for up to $5.7 billion if it lost the case because of South Dakota’s Agricultural Food products Disparagement Act.

ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows never mentioned the conclusion of the lawsuit between June 27 and July 5. None of the broadcast network websites reported on the story either. ABCNews.com and CBSNews.com merely ran the AP’s report. NBC published nothing. The broadcast networks also ignored the case when it first went before the jury

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