We told you last week about how public television cooking show host Christina Pirello used her column in the Philadelphia Daily News to unequivocally bash milk and dairy products
. Now she’s back with a diatribe against genetically improved foods (“It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s Frankengrub!”
), a childish oversimplification of the current biotech food debate which she characterizes as a clash between the purity of mother nature and “monolithic chemical companies.”

It turns out that Pirello’s misleading journalism is just the tip of the iceberg. Yesterday the Daily News ran a hit piece on quick-service restaurants
, complete with damning commentary from Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) and CSPI’s Michael Jacobson. And today in a story called “Who’s minding the store of meat,” Daily News reporter Vance Lehmkuhl warns that “[d]espite USDA assurances, the case is not closed” on the safety of U.S. beef from mad cow disease. He also went out of his way to secure a quote from Earthsave International’s chief mad-cow scaremonger Howard Lyman, but made no room for counterpoint to his assertion that “our [mad cow] ‘firewall’ is riddled with holes.”