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Don’t swallow story of President limiting our consumption of red meat



Sometimes when you hear something, you can’t believe it. Maybe you shouldn’t. Too many people are too willing to express their outrage over a story, even if it isn’t true. Take, for example, reports that President Joe Biden, as part of his efforts to fight climate change, wants to restrict our ability to eat red meat. Conservative media sites quickly gobbled up the story and regurgitated it, claiming that Biden wants to restrict the ability of Americans to eat red meat, limiting them to only four pounds per year, about one burger per month. The problem is, Biden didn’t say that. But that didn’t stop the story from spreading, or stop the angry reaction to it. Pundits and politicians warned of Biden “getting in their grill” and warned him to “stay out” of their kitchen. They even referred to President Biden as the Hamburgler. Could plant-based diets help reduce carbon emissions? Absolutely. But that is much different than saying the President is going to mandate such a thing. Still, people ate it up. So before getting so angry over something that you can’t see straight, it may be better to do a little digging first. Find out if it is even true before swallowing it hook, line and sinker. Even if it is made of delicious red meat.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Heidi Kerska

    April 29, 2021 at 8:09 am

    That’s great advice. I.e don’t just read a headline and assume the rest of the story, then paraphrase to everyone else. Follow your own advice buddy! Look at your slander, lies and one sided comments from the last four years.

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