For news outlets still wedded to the notion that fair reporting requires representing pro and con on every issue, it must be getting harder and harder to fill that anti-green slot in their journalists’ stories. For example, for NPR’s story about the campaign for an organic vegetable garden at the White House, who on earth would speak against THAT?
In Alex Avery, anti-environmental spokesman at the conservative think-tank The Hudson Institute, the NPR reporter found his man. Avery helpfully calls the White House garden a "shallow stunt" and compares its shallowness to that of the "intellectual rigor" of the "organic farm agenda."
Really, hasn’t interest in organic techniques spread far, far beyond some kooky notion held by just a few? Isn’t this guy being hauled out to declare that 2+2 don’t equal 4?
The story does contain a bit of nice news, though. Also interviewed is Walter Scheib, who took over as executive chef during the Clinton years and discovered already in place a rooftop vegetable garden there. He expanded it during his years there, including the Bush years, and guess what – Laura Bush is "adamant about organics"! So why not put that all that on the White House website and get a little credit for it? Oh, yeah, politics.Posted by Susan Harris on December 30, 2008 at 11:10 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.