“I’ve worked as a professional journalist in Chicago for more than three decades. I’ve uncovered questionable activity in government groups, nonprofits, and private companies. But I don’t think I have ever seen a group so intent on trying to personally attack the journalist covering the issue.” - Monica Eng, journalist, WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station
The “group” Eng was referring to, in her interview with The Progressive, is Monsanto and Big Biotech.
In a scathing indictment of the biotech industry’s assault on journalism and scientists, journalist Paul D. Thacker digs deep into the many nefarious tactics Monsanto and others in the industry deploy in their quest to discredit journalists and experts who dare to speak truth to power. Here’s an excerpt:
Hints of the biotech industry’s media tactics have leaked from court cases filed against Monsanto alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Several filings reference internal Monsanto documents that describe the company’s social media strategy called “Let Nothing Go”—a program in which individuals who appear to have no connection to the industry rapidly respond to negative social media posts regarding Monsanto, GMOs, and agrichemicals.
Lawyers in one case told a judge that documents show Monsanto funnels money to the Genetic Literacy Project and the American Council on Science and Health in order to “shame scientists and highlight information helpful to Monsanto and other chemical producers.”
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