Compliant Media Plays Its Role in Activists’ War on Food

Cross-posted at WLF’s Forbes.com contributor page

Public relations demonization is an essential part of a healthy anti-business activist’s diet. Demonization is playing a key role in the expanding war on “Big Food” and consumer choice, which is why Washington Legal Foundation included it as a key “food group” in our issue ad, reproduced here. We also devote an entire section of our Eating Away Our Freedoms website to PR demonization.

Such PR tactics work best when reporters and editors suspend disbelief and present activists’ spin with little or no attention to opposing views. We saw a troubling example of this recently in a series of stories about how school districts in several states are trying to ban a snack food. These stories subtly advanced the pipe dream of every trial lawyer and nanny state activist: that some foods are “addictive.” Continue reading “Compliant Media Plays Its Role in Activists’ War on Food”