The Mad Activist

(September 24th, 2002)
When unsubstantiated, activist-driven fears of mad cow disease began to surface in the United States, Doug McEwen was the darling of the lunatic fringe. (If you haven’t heard of him before, check out our 2001 report, Mad Cow: A New American Scare Campaign.) McEwen was a hunter who...
We’ve been telling you for two years how a cabal of organic-only food advocates, leftist “sustainable agriculture” agitators, and anti-technology activists have combined their forces to incite a needless panic in the U.S. over mad cow disease. Their latest strategy is to suggest a link with Chronic Wasting...

More Mad Deer Fear

(August 12th, 2002)
John Stauber, the Center for Media and Democracy’s chief mad-cow scaremonger, is at it again. Speaking at a public meeting in rural Wisconsin, Stauber warned the assembled citizens that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a naturally-occuring illness among deer and elk, posed a serious threat to humans. ...

“Mad Cow”: A Review

(July 10th, 2002)
In recognition of the month when America celebrates its freedom, we are devoting the first two weeks of July to a review of the ongoing battle for consumer freedom -- the threats and the promise. Today, a review of recent "mad cow" and "mad deer" issues.

Fears...
Fears about "mad deer" disease made the front page of The Wall Street Journal last week, combining the concerns of hunters and their families with the rhetoric of professional scaremongers to brew up paranoia. The fears are the result of propaganda, not serious science. It's just the...

Oh Deer: Unjustified Fear

(May 2nd, 2002)
The death of two young Michigan men due to the rare brain condition Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) "raised fears that the human form of mad cow disease, or something similar, had emerged in the USA," USA Today reported earlier this week. But according to University of Michigan neurologist...

Bill Maher, Disease Host

(March 28th, 2002)
Hosting anti-meat activist Howard Lyman on "Politically Incorrect" last week, Bill Maher -- an animal-rights activist himself -- offered these remarks: "I have mentioned before on this show, when the subject of mad cow disease came up, that I do have a strong position on that. I'm...

Wing Nuts

(November 29th, 2001)
As if Americans don't have enough to worry about right now, the approximately 15,000,000 viewers of NBC's "The West Wing" last night were treated to a scare plotline in which so-called "mad cow" disease is discovered in the United States.

Whether intended or not, the show is...

Fear and Loathing in Your Kitchen

(October 22nd, 2001)
As longtime readers of Center For Consumer Freedom Daily Headlines know, and our new readers will soon discover, there's nothing benign about the anti-consumer-choice crowd. When Americans are afraid, these groups cash in on fear… and very often, they'll even create it.

Take fear profiteer John Stauber, of...
In a landmark finding, "mad cow disease and the illness thought to be its human equivalent may not be linked after all," Reuters reports. Writing in The British Medical Journal, Dr. George Venters says that any link between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) -- "mad cow" -- and...