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Will Fox Cover the Bush Administration's Decision to Cut Mad Cow Testing?

Reported by Janie - March 16, 2006

Fox personality Bill O'Reilly likes to say he's looking out for the little guy; Sean Hannity portrays himself as the Middle-Class Saviour, and the rest of Fox's hosts act like they're you're everyday "guy on the street". But now that the Bush Administration has chosen corporate interests over the viewers they claim to protect, will they choose the well-being of these viewers, or will they continue to carry water for the Administration?

Last summer, the Agriculture Department firmly told the United States that Mad Cow Disease was "on its way out"; yet less than one year later we are facing not one, but three cases of Mad Cow, the latest being found in Alabama. An epidemic could be on it's way, since the Agriculture Department seems to be unable to track where the disease is coming from.

The President's reasoning behind authorizing warrantless wiretaps on American citizens is that his first job is to protect the American people. If that were true, he would obviously be stepping up the number of cows that are tested for the disease, rather than "cow" towing to corporate interests, right? If you responded in the affirmative, you'd be wrong.

It is being reported that in spite of this outbreak of Mad Cow, the USDA has proposed to cut back the number of cows they test annually from 300,000 to 40,000, which would obviously drastically cut the amount of cases they are able to detect and report.

But the cattle industry would be better off.

Will Fox side with the Bush Administration and corporate interests, or will they do what's right and report this to the people they consistently promise to protect?

(HT to faithful reader BIOR!)

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