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No on 37 Ad Yanked for Newspaper Endorsement Lie

examiner.pngIt's hard to untangle from the web of lies the No on 37 campaign is spinning. On Friday we got a call from Stephen Buel, editor of the San Francisco Examiner, who was quite surprised to see the Examiner logo featured prominently in a television ad opposing Prop 37 -- since his newspaper has in fact endorsed Prop 37. The TV ad is now disappeared from You Tube, probably sent to the same chop shop where No on 37 sends all their faulty TV ads for re-jiggering after they get caught outright lying to voters. Remember the Henry Miller misrepresenting Stanford fiasco?

Also on Friday, we heard from several sources that Kathy Fairbanks, spokesperson for the campaign against our right to know, is claiming that the "entire agricultural community of California" is opposing Prop 37. Apparently Kathy's definition of agriculture doesn't include the more than 2,000 organic farmers, the California Grange, the Central Coast Agricultural Network, the United Farm Workers, California Labor Federation and United Food and Commercial Workers western region -- all of whom are supporting Prop 37. Or the many food industry leaders actually based in California who are not only working to pass Prop 37, but are funding the Yes effort too (as opposed to the out-of-state and foreign pesticide and food corporations that are bankrolling No on 37).

Meanwhile, we're still waiting to hear from the U.S. Department of Justice about whether they will investigate Fairbanks and crowd for fabricating a direct quote from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make it appear that the agency is opposing Prop 37, and sticking it in a campaign mailer along with the FDA logo -- in possible violation of federal law. But, we did hear from the FDA that they never said the thing they were quoted saying in the mailer. "The FDA has not made such statements with respect to Prop 37," FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky told KPBS. "We cannot speculate on Prop 37 and have no comments at this time."

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commented 2013-09-18 01:20:03 -0700 · Flag
I need to know more about The FDA has not made such statements with respect to Prop 37.

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commented 2012-10-31 15:08:53 -0700 · Flag
Joanna,
Newspaper endorsements? Follow the money.
commented 2012-10-31 15:02:59 -0700 · Flag
Joanna – many of the newspapers got it wrong, is what happened. Here is a great article by Michele Simon that points out the many false claims and inaccuracies repeated by the editorial boards, many of which did not bother to check their facts. http://truefoodnow.org/2012/10/17/california-newspaper-editorial-boards-spread-false-claims-and-faulty-logic-on-proposition-37/. Many newspapers have endorsed prop 37 including the Examiner, North County Times, East Bay Times, San Francisco Bay Guardian and many of the weeklies.
commented 2012-10-31 14:43:35 -0700 · Flag
Can someone tell me why all major newspapers (except, apparently, the San Francisco Examiner) is opposed to prop 37? At least according to all of the no on prop 37 ads I see on t.v. I really want it to pass!
commented 2012-10-30 01:25:09 -0700 · Flag
This is a situation where we the people have to lead, & then the government will follow but try to neutralize our action as much as possible, as usual, similar to the organically grown standards becoming compromised by corporate-stacked boards whose main morality is greed. We must win, now & later for our survival as a species. We’re running out of non-GMO foods to eat.
commented 2012-10-29 19:58:27 -0700 · Flag
I have never witnessed so much lying, bribing, fraud and corruption going on unchecked in America. Do we need UN Election Monitors and the Department of Justice to join this fight? You damn right! I risk my life for this nation in the Sands of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq and this is not what I fought to protect. Some of us still believe in honor, duty and country. What’s going on in America is an American Tragedy and we are being failed by State and National Political Leaders.
commented 2012-10-29 10:57:31 -0700 · Flag
They are so scared that people care….its not that food prices will go up either its that they are afraid that people with stop purchasing GMO foods. Maybe they should be spending their money on making healthy natural crops than on false advertising. But wait if we get sick from GMO foods then pharmaceuticals companies continue to make more money on medicine. Once again another picture of the corrupt power hungry people that run America they should not be considered humans!
commented 2012-10-29 08:45:14 -0700 · Flag
In other words, the FDA isn’t going to do anything. Justice Department probably won’t either.