When I was alerted to this last week my reaction was "it's a good thing." It's always a good thing when the government (no typo) censors something they don't want you to see.
I make no meaningless distinctions between the State, Media, and Mega Business—particularly when it comes to the food and drug multinationals. One in the same, pretending to be different. Hell, there's isn't even investigative journalism, anymore. Whether right or wrong, deep investigative journalism into the affairs of State serves a good purpose. Witness that there are still some who see this. I give you Sheryl Attkisson and Michael Isikoff.
Here was the ABC's press release concerning their own shame.
Today, the ABC’s independent Audience and Consumer Affairs Unit has released its findings regarding a controversial Catalyst program on statins and heart disease.
The detailed investigation was prompted by a number of complaints into two Catalyst programs, collectively titled Heart Of The Matter, aired in October last year. The report of the investigation is available here.
While acknowledging the importance of public health issues relating to the efficacy of heart disease treatment and the contrasting opinions of highly-qualified scientists, the A&CA has concluded that the second episode breaches ABC standards on impartiality.
Because of the interlocked nature of the two programs, both will be removed from the ABC website. Information will be added to the program website and the ABC Corrections page to advise of the steps that have been taken.
Ah, isn't that sweet. Don't let people decide for themselves. Protect your advertising revenue coming from big drug and food companies under the guise of "protecting the public from reporting that 'breaches ABC standards on impartiality.'"
What an hlarious laf at pipsqueaks and clown whores for ad revenue. I'm talking to you, Mark Scott, whore.
But, in the end this is a good thing, because information can't be contained. These programs and transcripts probably exist in a number of places, but are actually still on The Way Back Machine.
So here's what I need you to do for planet earth today.
- Put on your hats of objectivity. Whether or not you agree with the message, realize that the shenanigans that gets a message banned that you disagree with is the same shenanigans that will get the message banned you agree with.
- Everyone gets to decide for themselves, and everyone has an opportunity to persuade or dissuade others. This is the nature of the Internet, of unfettered access to information anyone in the world who cares enough can upload or publish for everyone's consideration.
- Watch the programs and/or read the transcripts while you still can.
- Get this message out, that I've just written, to as many folks as you can.
- Admonish anyone you have contact with, who has the tech and tools, to preserve these programs and transcripts, forever. The Way Back Machine is pretty cooperative in removing stuff at the request of originators, so get on it.
With any luck, far more people will end up seeing these programs now, as a result of the ABC's shameful actions, than otherwise ever would have.
Update: I would be remiss to not shout out for Dr. Maryanne Demasi, the lovely peach who put this together. I can only imagine her disappointment at having it pulled. She'll win in the end.