I tuned in hoping for honest debate.
I should have known better, this was CNN after all.
But millions of people tuned in to see if what they are eating could make them sick. Over 6 million people looked at the Larry King Live website and over 200,000 of those posted on his blog.
I was on Twitter while listening to the program, which seemed to be where most of the farm community was hanging out.
Did those viewers learn the truth? I’m afraid not.
The ag folks got some good stats in, but a lot of the stats shared were either lies or gross inaccuracies.
One of the anti-meat people said that 98% of all animals sent to slaughter come from factory farms. Maybe he’s misinformed about the 96-98% of all farms being family farms. But he says that and because so few American’s have a point of reference, many will believe him.
The show started with families telling how loved ones had died from eating hamburgers. Then it moved on to a panel was stacked with vegans spouting a bunch of inaccuracies.
I may be biased, but it seemed Larry and his cohort were in their corner based on the questions they were asking and what the comments they were sharing on the website.
They’re after us and they’ll do anything they have to in order to scare people into not eating our products.
Patrick Boyle, American Meat Institute, needs a raise for his part of the program. He was articulate, on message and a bright spot on the panel. We need him making the TV circuit all the time.
There was a strong voice out there echoing what the ag industry spokespeople were saying about beef being an essential part of the diet. But we weren’t out in the force we should have been.
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