Lisa De Pasquale

The media only asserts its role as watchdog when it reiterates stereotypes they’ve created. Meanwhile, they ignore that the small number of studies that claim to find enigmatic “links” to BPA consumption and a host of problems also profit from their findings. It’s to researchers’ advantage to report a link, no matter how miniscule, so their funding doesn’t dry up. Yet we don’t see special reports from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the millions of taxpayer dollars funding studies for bogus reasons.

We also don’t see many reports on how the media profits from their grandstanding against business. The media uses scare tactics to garner viewers, readers, advertising dollars and awards from one another.

When reporters have an agenda, the end product suffers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel went after BPA in a series of reports that assumed every “independent” study was true and every industry and FDA study was false. In fact, Susanne Rust, the reporter in the paper’s BPA investigation, later went on to work for the environmental advocacy group, California Watch, where she still employs the same biased reporting on BPA’s safety despite her past reports being investigated for ethics complaints. Her bio notes that she and a fellow reporter “were finalists in 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.” This is akin to Jose Canseco putting “nominated for Baseball Hall of Fame” in his bio.

The Huffington Post’s John Entine noted, “The ‘BPA is harmful’ thesis never gained mainstream acceptance among scientists -- no regulatory panel in the world has recommended restricting BPA based on the evidence, although political bodies have imposed restrictions, in part because of public perceptions stirred by articles in the Journal Sentinel and other publications.”

Since the media and the Left have used far less evidence to say the “science is settled” they must now attack those who disagree with their objective to take down the BPA industry. When Entine reported on the ethics charges being levied against the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and his own findings, he was quickly dismissed by readers who tried to paint him as a right-winger tied to the industry, labeling him as “suspect” and “a person with an agenda.” In fact, Entine says he voted for Barack Obama and believes global warming is caused by humans. So much for that stereotype.

Similarly, last week in an op-ed piece in the Bangor Daily News, Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman, a former FDA official, responded to a piece that once again incorrectly characterized the FDA as changing its position on the safety on BPA. The FDA has been just as consistent on this issue as those who hurl insults at those reporting on the safety of BPA. One commenter said Cheeseman was “a toaddie for the chemical industry.” Another wrote, “I am continually shocked by the extent to which highly paid lobbyists like Cheeseman will blatantly lie.”

In her New York Times bestseller, Slander, Ann Coulter wrote, “Liberals dispute slight reductions in the marginal tax rates as if they are trying to prevent Charles Manson from slaughtering baby seals. Progress cannot be made on serious issues because one side is making arguments and the other side is throwing eggs – both figuratively and literally.”

The Left’s motive in promoting the bad science of “BPA contamination” is clear: It allows them access to every business that produces BPA and every product that contains BPA. The media is complicit in grandstanding on this issue in order to stoke fears and chase meaningless awards. Both the Left and the media see business as the target. When personal attacks and baseless insinuation are their arrows, their quiver is always full.


Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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