MODERN SHILL JOURNALISM: DOCUMENTATION OF MONSANTO-FUNDED ACADEMICS WHO FAILED TO DISCLOSE THEIR FINANCIAL CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST.
Documentation that much of the “positive” press about Monsanto and GE crops came courtesy of Monsanto largess. This corporate co-opting of journalistic integrity is self-serving, abhorrent and a serious threat to our democratic institutions. We’re glad it has been exposed. Jim
“Our review found 27 articles quoting (or authored by) university professors after they received Monsanto funding, but without disclosing that funding.
“This is a collapse of journalistic standards. When reporters quote sources about food issues such as GMOs or organic food, readers deserve to know if the sources have been funded by Monsanto or have other conflicts of interest.
“The principal effect of failing to reveal these conflicts of interest is to unfairly enhance the credibility of Monsanto-funded academics, and their support of GMOs and criticism of organic food, while detracting from the credibility of consumer advocates.”