If you suspected Maria Bartiromo would be easy to fool, those assumptions were confirmed on Wednesday morning when the Fox Business presenter spent more than six minutes interviewing an animal rights activist she believed to be the CEO of Smithfield Foods, who describes itself as “The world’s largest pork processor and producer.”
According to Direct action everywhere, activist Matt Johnson was able to be listed on the Bartiromo show as the new CEO and Chairman of Smithfield Foods, Dennis Organ. During the interview, he warned viewers that factory farms like the ones Smithfield operates could create the next pandemic, without arousing suspicion from Bartiromo, who simply pushed the segment.
Bartiromo began by introducing Johnson as Dennis Organ and asking him about the company’s South Dakota processing plant, which became the nation’s worst COVID-19 cluster at the start of the pandemic. For the first few moments, he played fairly straightforward, calling the coronavirus “devastating” to his industry and acknowledging the “heroic” efforts of the workers at the plant – some of whom died from COVID.
But soon he took “responsibility” for the horrific conditions these workers were forced to endure. Promising ‘transparency’ and ‘brutal honesty’, he said, ‘the truth is that our industry, in addition to the epidemics occurring in our factories, our industry poses a serious threat to effectively cause the next pandemic. . ” He called the company’s farms “Petri dishes for new diseases” and noted that pig farming “is also causing immense damage to our airways and rivers”.
And yet Bartiromo didn’t get it, continuing to call him ‘Dennis’ as she continued to ask the man she believed to be the CEO of Smithfield about the company’s relationship with the conglomerate. Chinese who recently bought it. On behalf of the company, the activist pledged “half a billion dollars a year from 2021” to mitigate the environmental impacts of the meat industry.
It was all part of the campaign of the ‘No More Factory Farms’ protest group, which “calls on government officials to proactively prevent future epidemics by introducing a moratorium banning the construction of new factory farms and slaughterhouses.”
At the very end of his show, Bartiromo released a “very important correction,” telling viewers, “It looks like we’ve been punked.” She called the man she interviewed “an impostor” who made “false statements” about Smithfield.
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