A major settlement involving a mltibillion-dollar defamation lawsuit against ABC news was just announced. The complaint stems from reports from ABC in 2012 on meat products. The product which is called “lean finely textured beef” was called “pink slime” by ABC hundreds of times.
You may remember these shocking reports that caused millions of people to avoid beef from major grocery stores. It severely hurt the beef industry. So Beef Products Inc. sued ABC for $5.7 billion. Last month the lawsuit began its hearing in court. Seeing no way to win, ABC settled. At the heart of the matter was the ‘pink slime’ nomenclature, which was made up by ABC:
“In the suit, BPI alleged that ABC misled viewers by calling “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB) “pink slime.” LFTB is a commonly used ingredient in beef products and is safe to eat, which ABC noted in its report. However, even with assurances that the ingredient, which is made from the trimmings of a cow and treated with ammonia to kill bacteria, wasn’t dangerous, the phrase “pink slime” allegedly turned off customers.”
But there are even more ramifications for the media industry as a whole. As we have seen recently with CNN having to retract a story about Russia and Donald Trump, the media have been free to report anything without repercussions. If they report something incorrect, at best, they will print a retraction later. But the damage is already done with the public accepting the initial report as fact and moving on from there.
The ABC beef lawsuit took fie years before a resolution was made. But with it costing them a pretty penny this should serve as a warning to sloppy and malicious reporters.
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) June 28, 2017
ABC released the following statement:
“ABC has reached an amicable resolution of its dispute with the makers of ‘lean finely textured beef.’ Throughout this case, we have maintained that our reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about this product. Although we have concluded that continued litigation of this case is not in the Company’s interests, we remain committed to the vigorous pursuit of truth and the consumer’s right to know about the products they purchase.”
The media has been causing real damage to industries and individual Americans alike. For too long they have acted irresponsibly. Whether their true goals were to push left-wing ideology or whoring themselves out for ratings, the media has lost all credibility.
We hope that this lawsuit is a wake-up call but we are not holding our breath. It may take a few more lawsuits like this before they get the message. When their revenue is hurt, they are more likely to make changes.
It is clear to see that a major confrontation between the media and the American people is coming. People will not continue to consume media that is biased, untrustworthy, and wrong. It is only a matter of time before major changes are forced on the industry.