ABC News sued for broadcasting news about pink slime beef byproducts

newsBack in 2012, when ABC News broke the story of an industrial beef byproduct being secretly added to children’s lunches, the nation was outraged. And a major purveyor of that byproduct, South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc. (BPI), suffered massive losses as a result, which prompted the company to file a lawsuit against ABC News for allegedly defaming its “pink slime” additive, which was previously being added to lower-quality beef products without proper labels. According to reports, the backlash against pink slime was so strong throughout much of the country that BPI was forced to shut down three of its four production plants and lay off over 650 employees. The general public, now aware of a highly processed, ammonia-laced additive hiding in some beef, quickly came to realize that we have all been tricked, ultimately driving all of that potentially contaminated beef product off grocery store shelves and out of fast food restaurants and school cafeterias.So in an attempt to recoup its tremendous losses, BPI is now claiming that ABC News, and specifically anchor Diane Sawyer and correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley, all of whom delivered the story, somehow defamed and libeled its product, for which $1.2 billion in damages is being sought. And apparently supportive of this malicious attempt at squashing free speech, one of the beacons of honest journalism, are others in the media who seem to have no issue with companies adding cheap filler to beef and still calling it beef. More

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