Last week, a defamation lawsuit was filed against ABC News, anchor Diane Sawyer and ABC correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley because they did a series of stories about a meat process that develops what, apparently, someone has dubbed "pink slime."
The company that filed the lawsuit, Beef Products Inc, also sued the microbiologist who coined the term, and several other people. Beef Products says that the the end result is not "pink slime," but lean, finely textured beef.
Many other organizations did stories about the meat and the process, also using the term "pink slime." The term and idea instantly became Internet fodder.
Watch the package above. Did ABC News do anything wrong? Were they fair in their reporting, or does this story exploit what is sure to be a story that will draw an immediate and powerful reaction?
One critic of ABC News wrote, "Some journalists aren’t content with covering the news; they have to
make it, too. That’s been ABC’s strategy as the network has led the
charge against USDA-approved beef. That agenda has put at least 600 jobs
in jeopardy as the targeted company suspended operations in three
Would you feel comfortable doing this story the way ABC News did?
Are there any grounds to the lawsuit?
6 months ago