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Q. Why didnt Bill Moyers interview representatives of the chemical
industry for TRADE SECRETS?
Q. Why werent industry representatives
interviewed for the documentary portion of the program?
- He does include industry representatives, in a format that gives
them an unedited opportunity to present their point of view. Half
an hour, which is 25 percent of the program, is devoted to a discussion
of issues raised by facts in the internal industry documents that
are the focus of the first portion of the program.
- This discussion provides equal time to chemical industry representatives
as well as others with differing viewpoints representing the public
health sector and environmental organizations.
- In the discussion, the industry is invited to offer opinions on
such issues as their assessment of the present state of regulation,
the scientific basis for their confidence that chemicals absorbed
by human beings have no health consequences in the short term or the
long term, and their plans for the future to ensure that chemicals
they manufacture pose no threat to the public.
Q. The chemical industry has stated TRADE SECRETS
can not be balanced, accurate or fair because they were not given the
opportunity to present their side of the story.
- The documentary portion of this program lays out historical evidence
about the chemical industry contained in their internal industry documents
spanning a period of almost 50 years.
- These internal industry documents are a fact. They exist. They
are not a matter of opinion or a point of view. The documents state
what the industry knew, when they knew it and what they decided to
- In the documentary portion of the program, the chemical industry
is represented by these documents, which describe the industrys
decisions -- in their own words in black and white and on paper --
about how they will behave.
- The interviews in this portion of the program focus on determining
if the information contained in the chemical industrys documents
was revealed at the time to company employees, governmental regulators,
citizens concerned about environmental pollution, or the general public.
Attacking the journalism in TRADE SECRETS is a strategy to discredit
the content so that their own viewpoint can dominate public perception.
- We have a different view. Regarding accuracy, every fact in TRADE
SECRETS has been scrupulously sourced. There is no question of
accuracy in the presentation of the documents because we have made
them available for all to see. The viewer doesnt have to wonder
if excerpts from these internal documents were perhaps unfairly taken
out of context during the program. The full text of every document
referenced in TRADE SECRETS will be available for all to read
on the TRADE SECRETS Web site on PBS.org. Nothing could be
- The program is balanced in broadly framing the chemical industry.
The program plainly states that chemicals have improved many aspects
of our contemporary lifestyle. The documentary does not question the
positive aspects of the chemical revolution of the last 50 years,
and acknowledges them.
- As the documents reveal, the chemical industry has invested millions
of dollars trying to dominate public perception as well as the regulatory
process. This program is making information available to the public
that has been deliberately and consciously withheld.
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