Smoke in the Eye (#1413)
In "Smoke in the Eye", Frontline investigates the war between network news and the tobacco industry in the wake of the $10 billion libel suit against ABC and the controversial decision by CBS not to allow "60 Minutes" to air an explosive interview with a tobacco company whistle-blower. Correspondent Daniel Schorr reports on the long, strange journey of leaked internal documents stating that the tobacco industry knowingly used nicotine as an addictive ingredient in cigarettes and the resulting battle the tobacco industry waged to keep this information from the public. The media, long thought to be "guardians of truth," are told by their lawyers to stay away from the story. With media companies such as ABC and CBS being bought by large corporations with significant ties to the tobacco industry, the program ponders whether newsrooms will continue to aggressively report on corporate America. With the increasing control of "big business," the show asks," will making money become more important than reporting the news?" [56 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
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