A judge in South Dakota has cleared the way to trial of a lawsuit claiming ABC News “pink slime” coverage caused $1.9 billion of damage to the business of Beef Products Inc., which makes the meat product tagged with the term.
Judge Cheryle Gering threw out defamation claims against anchor Diane Sawyer but left standing accusations against ABC News and multiple Emmy award-winning journalist, Jim Avila.
Judge Gering, in rejecting ABC’s bid to have the case dismissed, said a jury could find the network was pursuing “a negative spin” on the story before conducting any research and that Mr. Avila had an anti-meat-industry agenda.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people. Unfortunately the suit against Diane Lyin’ Sawyer was thrown out.
My sister was interviewed by Sawyer back in either 1989 or 1990. She was the regional rep for an anti-abortion organization and was invited to be interviewed on 60 Minutes. The producer sent a limo out to eastern Long Island to pick her up and bring her to Manhattan.
There was a studio audience present and the interview lasted almost an hour. She said that it was clear that Sawyer was out to embarrass her and tried every trick in the book to make her look bad.
My sister is one of the sweetest and most reasonable gals on the planet and it didn’t work. She called me soon after and told me what transpired. A few weeks later she learned that her interview would not be aired.We weren’t surprised. Sis makes a very compelling narrative against abortion and Sawyer et al. would not allow this to be shown to the public.
Sis is still very active in pro-life circles down in Maryland.
Go Beef Products, Inc.