There’s an old saying about opinions and everybody having one that’s not fit to print but the reality is opinions are important and so are opinion pieces like the one that ran Monday in Seafood Source titled “Only the Lawyers Win.” It was a look at the latest chapter in the story about efforts to keep Vietnamese pangasius out of the U.S. market. It was right on the money in function but it strayed into dangerous territory in form.
In case you missed this Washington Post article about the forthcoming, new, Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s worth a read.
September 29, 2010Mr. Jay McGrawStage 29 Productions, LLC2401 Colorado Avenue, Suite 110Santa Monica, CA 90404-3585Dear Mr. McGraw,
Things have gotten rather quiet over at Good Housekeeping so we thought we'd ping 'em one more time. Keep in mind this is a publication that brags on its website that it "exercises strict editorial judgment."September 29, 2010Ms. Sarah ScrymserManaging EditorGood Housekeeping300 West 57th Street29th FloorNew York, NY 10019VIA EmailDear Ms. Scrymser,
As regular readers of this blog know, we’ve challenged the advice of numerous TV docs and celebrity nutritionists (see previous posts on Dr. Oz, The View’s Dr. Steven Lamm, Joy Bauer and Jillian Michaels).
Why is it that when a celebrity says something, whether it’s even remotely true, certain media outlets print, post and promote it like it’s gospel? Take for instance Rod Stewart’s wife, uh his third—not counting the girlfriend who he has a child with as well. She’s only tangentially a celebrity and you’ll find her all over magazines and websites like People spewing misinformation about fish and fertility and they’re printing it like she’s a research OBGYN from Harvard.
In real time folks-- NBC San Diego executive producer Sage Waetjen Pierce has responded to our letter and while it appears the station has decided it plans to run the story it will now featuring NFI’s explanation of the flawed report. Watch this space for updates.
The amazing thing about the internet is the immediacy. In real time things can unfold right before your eyes… for better or worse. Take our interaction with the local NBC affiliate in San Diego.This afternoon NFI was made aware that the station was planning to air a story about canned tuna that had been preproduced by Good Housekeeping. We’re well aware of the story and have been working to get Good Housekeeping to pull or update it with the real facts and perspective.
Sometimes I’ll look at a news story about seafood that contains a mistake and say, “Hmmm, how’d that get in there?” Usually there’s an explanation; a statistical error, a poorly chosen source, a misunderstanding—corrections are made and we move on. But in reading a recent story about seafood on NaturalNews.com I was blown away by the fact that before the reporter even put pen to paper he could have easily determined that the entire premise for his story was wrong.
We've featured several items about Safe Harbor Seafood on this blog in the recent past. It's a company that's been trying to make a buck off of the misinformation that environmental activists peddle about mercury and fish (click here, here and here for details).