Little Green Footballs

Saturday, January 14, 2006

All the news that's fit to buy

Here's some news you definitely won't find on Little Media's Open Green Pajamas:

Scripps Howard News Service (SHNS) announced Friday that it severed its relationship with Michael Fumento -- a senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute -- for not disclosing he had taken payments in 1999 from agribusiness giant Monsanto. The payments were revealed by BusinessWeek Online, which also broke a similar story revealing columnist Doug Bandow receiving payments. Copley News Service subsequently dropped Bandow.

In a statement released Friday, SHNS Editor and General Manager Peter Copeland said Fumento "did not tell SHNS editors, and therefore we did not tell our readers, that in 1999 Hudson received a $60,000 grant from Monsanto." Copeland added: "Our policy is that he should have disclosed that information. We apologize to our readers."

SHNS sent out an advisory to subscribers last night that read: "The Jan. 5 column by Michael Fumento about new biotechnology products from Monsanto should have included more information. We believe the column should have disclosed a $60,000 grant from Monsanto that Fumento received in 1999 for a book about biotechnology.


In his Jan. 5 column, Fumento wrote that the St. Louis-based Monsanto has about 30 products in the pipeline that will aid farmers "but also help us all by keeping prices down and allowing more crops to be grown on less land." He said he was only writing about Monsanto "because their annual report was plopped onto my lap while I was hunting for a column idea."

Via Atrios

1 comment:

Richard said...

I read the linked post at Pajamas. I thought FUmento was so cogent & articulate in his feeble attempt to disparage Wollcott. "Drinking your organic Earl Grey with pinkie extended." Really, he's got to be kidding. That's what passes for a stinging insult in his neck of the woods??

I guess this jerk in addition to being corrupt just doesn't know how to attack an intellectual opponent with real substantive arguments.

Glad to see you've turned comments back on. Keep up the good work...