From: Discussion of Investigative Reporting Techniques and Training [mailto:IRE-L@PO.MISSOURI.EDU]
On Behalf Of Steve Wilson
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: Into The Buzzsaw
a recent post about the Kristina Borjesson-edited book "Into The Buzzsaw,"
an individual whose rants are no stranger to this list dusted off and re-posted
(yet again) his vicious personal attack against me and my former investigative
reporting partner, Jane Akre.
His point was to convince anyone who will still listen to him that Ms. Borjesson
was "snookered" when she included Jane's chapter in her book which
details how Fox pressured Jane and me to broadcast what we knew and documented
to be false and distorted information on rBGH in Florida milk and then fired us
after we refused and threatened to blow the whistle to the FCC.
Like so many others, I generally don't take the time to respond to his posts
anymore. Three years after the fact, he is welcomed to repeat as
frequently as he likes his personal conclusion that Jane and I are nothing more
than "false martyrs" and our story of the Fox-rBGH fight amounts to
nothing more than, as he so cleverly-if-not-eloquently keeps phrasing it, "cowshit."
Equally important, though, is what he never mentions: If Kristina Borjesson was
snookered, she's got plenty of good company.
At the head of the list, of course, are the six jurors who heard five weeks of
trial testimony in 2000 came to a starkly different conclusion than our
inciteful (sic) critic. They unanimously agreed that Jane was fired for no
other reason than "...because she threatened to disclose to the Federal
Communications Commission under oath, in writing, the broadcast of a false,
distorted, or slanted news report which she reasonably believed would violate
the prohibition against intentional falsification or distortion of the news on
television if it were aired."
Also on the list, the foundation that awarded Jane and me the prestigious
Goldman Environmental Prize for the stand we took in the battle to broadcast a
fair and honest story on Fox Television. They were snookered, too?
Then there is SPJ, the Society of Professional Journalists. That
organization bestowed one of its rarely-given Award For Ethics upon Jane and
me...and then stood firm when Fox tried to pressure the organization to rescind
it, claiming our charges were false and we'd never win our whistleblower
The Alliance For Democracy and the Shafeek Nader Trust are two other respected
public service organizations that have also presented us with their highest
awards. Gullible, all of them, too?
And let's not forget the thousands of individuals throughout the country and
literally around the world have also supported our effort, many of them with
donations which have helped us keep our lawyers fed as best we could while the
issue drags through the courts.
Snookered? ALL those people? I think not. Or, on the other
hand, if we're that good at it, maybe Jane or I should try a run for Governor of
Re: Into The Buzzsaw
John Sugg <john.sugg@CREATIVELOAFING.COM>
Thu, 14 Aug 2003
is good at spinning his own story. For the record, the SPJ award was highly
criticized by the membership; it was essentially given at the whim of one person
who clearly didnít know the whole story. SPJ declined to give Wilson/Akre
money for defense. The jurors did not believe Wilson at all. They ruled against
him on all counts. He lied, and they knew it. The split decision undoubtedly
reflected sympathy for Akre, but that verdict, too, was overturned. The duo won
zip. Wilsonís animosity stems from the fact that his lies were exposed.