Last week in class, we watched a video on how journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, were fired from Fox News because they found out that the company Monsanto, was implementing a growth hormone in Floridian’s milk. This discovery ended up being a massive fight between what was morally right and what reality shows you in the end.
As a quick summary just for some who did not get a chance to see it, I’ll explain. Two reporters found out a story on how a company, Monsanto, was producing Posilac, a Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) that was being injected into Florida’s cows, which then had an effect on the milk. Most Floridians had no clue this had been going on since there was no warning label or disclaimer on the side of the bottle. When the two reporters found out, they tried to make this story public so that the local citizens could have a right to know what was going on. Once they told “the man” (Fox News) their story, they were fired by the Fox News television station they work for after refusing to change their investigative report on Posilac.
Everything you learn as a kid growing up no matter where you are from is to always fight for what you believe in. Doesn’t matter if you learn it from your parents or teachers, or saw it in a film or television show. It is a basic lesson that you are taught when growing up. So if that is the case, why is it okay for a corporation to annihilate that dream and fire you just because they have the money to do so? This sets a horrible example for future generations and how they perceive things. This company without a doubt showed that if you have the money, power, lawyers, and right connections, nothing can touch you. How is this okay?
When you tie this back into what we learned in class, it almost makes me sick. That 10 minute video that we watched in class was so invigorating and insightful that it almost put a fire inside you to have the courage to stand up for what’s right no matter the consequences. It should be our duty as a nation that if a company can produce something and slip it into our food supply without our knowledge, we should have some right to know. Innocent reporters shouldn’t have to go to legal standpoints, proofreading their story until its nothing but what the company wants, and losing their job for actually doing their job. From being asked to take a buyout, threatened, and intimidated, these reporters never gave up.