I had little expectation that the scurrilous attack on Dr Oz would do more that wrap fish in a week or two. However it was so ill conceived that it earned real push back from Dr Oz who after all has his own bully pulpit to beat lazy reporters into submission.
What it has done is make the Biotech propaganda department the issue. These folks have been shameless liars forever right back to day one with Roundup and the Tobacco industry. Add in sophisticated manipulation by media savvy operators and here we are today trying to take down Dr Oz, not for some of his so so nutritional enthusiasms but because he actually dared to not support GMOs.
Their purpose is the delay the inevitable as long as possible while obfuscating the bona fide science. Think about that. They knew roundup generated cancer at least fifty years ago just as they knew tobacco produced lung cancer in the 1920's.
Their business plan naturally calls for maximizing profit into every possible market as long as possible until real statistics of cancer deaths are sorted out and become compelling to even the ignorant.
Every heavy smoker my own age that i knew over the years has now passed. Every industrial farmer my own age group that i knew has also passed from rare internal cancers of some sort. This is a long way from been over also. Other countries are now doing their own due diligence and they cannot shut them all up. Last week the union of doctors came out against Roundup in the Argentine..
The New York Times picked up a couple more awards for a political corruption story, Ebola coverage and international reportage; The Wall Street Journal won for an investigative hit piece against healthcare providers who manipulate Medicare; the Los Angeles Times won for reporting how the state's extreme drought has affected the "human condition"; a smaller South Carolina paper won a prize for reporting violence against women; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch picked up a Pulitzer for photography during the Ferguson riots; some guy won the Poetry Pulitzer for revealing the "scope of African-American experience" through poems that drew from "slave narratives."
And so forth. In other words, these mainstream papers "went after" stories where reporters and editors had already decided the outcome, and as usual, Columbia University rewarded their pre-conceived orthodoxy as members of the journalistic "cool kids club."