Dissenters Suppressed?

PBS show on Rachel Carson and Silent Spring would include "interviews with foes and friends." The interviews with "foes" were with only one person: myself. The only other opponent was Professor Robert White-Stevens of Rutgers University, who died several years ago and thus, for obvious reasons, was not interviewed. Instead, two or three selected film clips were shown, to represent him as a spokesman for the pesticide industry. Several "friends" came on camera for a total of about 30 times, plus

Thomas Jukes
Apr 4, 1993
PBS show on Rachel Carson and Silent Spring would include "interviews with foes and friends." The interviews with "foes" were with only one person: myself. The only other opponent was Professor Robert White-Stevens of Rutgers University, who died several years ago and thus, for obvious reasons, was not interviewed. Instead, two or three selected film clips were shown, to represent him as a spokesman for the pesticide industry. Several "friends" came on camera for a total of about 30 times, plus a number of character witnesses.

Topics that were not mentioned were the use of DDT by the World Health Organization, and the fact that it saved millions of lives from malaria. I had discussed such matters when I was videotaped, but these parts of the tape were not used.


THOMAS H. JUKES
Department of Integrative Biology
University of California
Berkeley


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