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In my last entry about the obvious problems found in a recent Associated Press article I noted that I had actually been fairly pleased with the recent state of reporting on seafood. As an example I noted that Reuters had editorially mismanaged a story about Alaska pollock a few months ago but after some prodding, reviewed their own work and corrected the record.
I must first say I have been pleased with the state of reporting on seafood lately. Not because I agree with it all but because when charged with reporting the facts, free of surreptitious agendas, the media has been doing a pretty god job lately.
No the Ventura County Star isn't the Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal-but it still has standards... or should.
Take for instance its latest unsigned editorial. The 600+ word opinion piece takes an embarrassingly uneducated shot at canned tuna with the tact of a newly minted 16-year old environmental activist armed with a few quasi facts, a sandwich board and a bull horn.
It wasn't two weeks ago that I was scolding the Economist for a seafood sustainability story that relied on erroneous environmental activist data (not my opinion, mind you, just a fact.) But this week we (and by we I mean Stetson Tinkham, NFI's director of International Affairs and I - avid Economist readers) find the Economist squaring off against activists who have once again gone too far.
Let me start by saying, while I am sure he wishes it did, Michael Hawthorne's latest article on mercury has nothing to do with fish... or seafood... or even water for that matter. It has to do with corn and a study that apparently says researchers detected traces of mercury in samples of high-fructose corn syrup.
A day after the FDA released an exhaustive, peer-reviewed, draft report analyzing the state of seafood science over the past 5 years that demonstrates just how much the benefits of eating seafood outweigh any concerns about trace amounts of mercury, you might wonder why I am blogging about Jeremy Piven. There is a tie-in, trust me.
Actor Jeremy Piven is in full damage control mode. Ever since his wacky mercury poisoning "diagnosis" and subsequent flight from Broadway he's been laying low-recuperating... except when there are award shows and parties to attend.
Perhaps The Economist isn't a paper you read regularly... at the risk of having a Sara Palin / Katie Couric moment I'll admit I've let my Economist subscription laps.
Here at NFI, you could forgive us if we get a little wary whenever the New York Times takes up the issue of fish consumption and mercury. As you can see from the NFI on the Record section of our Web site,
There's a story making the rounds that actor Jeremy Piven has had to pull out of a Broadway play because of high mercury levels he associates with having eaten too much sushi. But it would appear this fish tale is beginning to unravel.