SEYMOUR: Left’s other attack on Komen fund

Planned Parenthood flap preceded by assault from anti-chemical activists

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The New York Times also spun the study into an attack on BPA, saying that “the report may come as a disappointment” for those “hoping for definitive safety information about the huge number of chemicals to which people are exposed.”

For years, national news coverage of BPA has echoed that of the left-wing groups that the broadcasters and newspapers consult. In just 2010 and 2011, the Business and Media Institute found that 97 percent of news reports about BPA alleged it is a dangerous and harmful chemical, despite statements by government officials that it is “harmless” and studies that have come to similar conclusions.

The Teeguardenetal. study in 2011 found that even when people consume very high levels of BPA, the amount of bioactive BPA found in the bloodstream is much lower than levels “causing effects in rodents exposed to BPA.” That study was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the work was duplicated by two other government labs but was ignored by the networks and major newspapers.

Science that calms public fears of BPA doesn’t seem to matter to the media. It is reviled by anti-chemical groups that won’t rest until they get rid of BPA. As the Komen battle proved, those groups will even mudsling against cancer charities that haven’t taken their side.

Julia A. Seymour is assistant editor for the Business and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.

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