Ties that Bind: The ACLU and Big Tobacco



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Transcript: #19-98 Ties that Bind: The ACLU and Big Tobacco
May 13, 1998

Program description at http://www.radioproject.org/archive/1998/9819.html

Norman Solomon: Welcome to Making Contact, an international radio program seeking to create connections between people, vital ideas and important information. I’m Norman Solomon.

For more than seventy-five years now, the American Civil Liberties Union has had a very important role in defending the Bill of Rights in the United States. But recently, some longtime supporters of the organization have been raising questions about the ACLU positions on issues involving large corporate interests. One of those interests is the tobacco companies. Now, new information has surfaced about ties between cigarette firms and the American Civil Liberties Union. We invited the Executive Director of the ACLU, Ira Glasser, to be on this program, but he declined. A few days ago, we invited the national ACLU to provide two spokespersons of its choosing to appear on this program, in studio and/or by telephone. The ACLU declined that invitation as well.

On this roundtable edition of Making Contact, we’re joined here in the studio by Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine in the Cardiology Division at the University of California at San Francisco. Welcome to Making Contact.

Stanton Glantz: Thank you.

Norman Solomon: And with us by phone from the Washington DC area is the author of an investigative article about ties between the ACLU and the tobacco industry, former Washington Post reporter Morton Mintz. Welcome to Making Contact.

Morton Mintz: Hi. Glad to be here.

Norman Solomon: Well, Morton Mintz, let’s begin with you. The Spring 1998 edition of Nieman Reports, published by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, includes a long article by you, titled “The ACLU and the Tobacco Companies”. What do you believe is the most significant aspect of the information in the article?

Morton Mintz: I think the most significant information is that an organization which constantly tells its members of its dedication to protecting civil rights, and I don’t… I mean individual rights, which I don’t question at all, has for many years now — about eleven years — been taking very large sums of money from the tobacco industry. It has been fighting their causes on Capitol Hill against tobacco legislation that would restrict tobacco advertising, principally. And it has not told its membership in the fundraising letters and in the quarterly publication that they send out, what they’re doing. And they don’t want to talk about it, really. They will talk about it to individual members, but they will not do it [publicly]. Now, I don’t think it’s really necessary, or desirable, or particularly defensible for the ACLU to be dedicating its resources secretly to defending the tobacco companies … taking the earmarked money and all the rest of it for tobacco-industry causes.

Norman Solomon: This is something I wanted to ask you about, the question of the money from the tobacco companies being ear-marked. We’re talking primarily now about two huge tobacco companies, right? R J Reynolds and Phillip Morris.

Morton Mintz: Right.

Norman Solomon: And beginning when, in 1987, contribution began to be solicited and received by the ACLU from those two companies.

Morton Mintz: Yes, Ira Glasser, the Executive Director of the ACLU, told me in 1992 that they had received, by then, five hundred thousand dollars from Phillip Morris … additional money from R J Reynolds — he would not tell me how much. He created the impression, and it’s continuing to this day, in that statement, to try to create the impression that the money went to the general fund of the ACLU for all of its multiple purposes.

We now know from a new book put out by a former ACLU employee named John Faux … not a new book, it was put out a couple of years ago, I’m sorry … that the money was, a great deal of it was earmarked for a so-called “task force on workplace rights.” That task force, without the membership being told, I emphasize, has fought for a tobacco industry cause, but there has been no fighting on the part of this task force for the rights, for the right of non-smokers not to be exposed to the toxins in passive smoke.

Norman Solomon: Now when some information came out about the ACLU having taken money beginning around 1987 for a period, at that point, of a few years in the early 1990s when this information came out, you and some other folks who were writing and talking about it assumed, I suppose, that the money was going into more or less the general pot of ACLU money. Is that right?

Morton Mintz: Absolutely, that’s the impression that Ira Glasser furthered at every opportunity, starting with, starting, or close to starting with the interview with me six years ago.

Norman Solomon: But now, in May of 1998, you’re article has appeared in Nieman Reports spelling out that the tobacco industry money, to a large extent, is going not into a general fund of the ACLU or the ACLU Foundation, but specifically earmarked to a task force that addresses smoking related issues. Is that right?

Morton Mintz: Yes, but on the tobacco industry side, not on the side of non-smokers.

Norman Solomon: So what are the key positions that the ACLU has been taking now in the midst of controversies about regulating or not regulating the tobacco industry?

Morton Mintz: Well, they have taken the position, generally, that government has no business legislating as to the content of speech. In other words, commercial speech, put another way, in the ACLU view, is entitled to the same protection, that the speech of flesh and blood human beings is entitled to. That’s a very questionable position. It has never been fully accepted by the Supreme Court. It results from a, ultimately from a decision made by the Supreme Court in 1886 concerning … which gave corporations the same protection, or almost the same protection that human beings have, but on the basis of the 14th Amendment which was passed to protect only the rights of the newly freed slaves.

Norman Solomon: So in this context of regulating tobacco advertising and marketing and so forth, Phillip Morris and R J Reynolds, would you say, are benefiting appreciably from the public position the ACLU has taken?

Morton Mintz: I believe they have benefited. How much, I really do not know. I know that the ACLU testified against the restrictions on tobacco advertising and the pending legislation sponsored by Senator McCain in March of this year. They are still doing it. And that is not only not human speech, but it is speech largely designed to induce children and adults to smoke.

Norman Solomon: Well let’s talk a little bit about the impact of the advertising that does take place for cigarettes and the impact of not restricting that advertising. Stanton Glantz, you teach about matters such as bio-statistics and cardiovascular physiology in public health at the University of California, and I know you’ve written many scientific articles on subjects that include assessing the affects of tobacco advertising. What’s your view of the ACLU’s role in this debate over cigarette marketing and public policy?

Stanton Glantz: Well, the ACLU has been a very crucial ally of the tobacco industry for as long as I’ve been involved in this issue; because they’ve defended the industry’s marketing tactics. From my perspective, as somebody who’s been interested in the passive smoking issue and protecting non-smokers, the ACLU’s just intractable opposition to laws and other regulations to protect workers from the toxic chemicals in second-hand smoke has been a tremendous problem.

The tobacco industry’s position is that there’s no evidence that second-hand is dangerous and there’s no reason to regulate it, no reason to protect workers from second-hand smoke. The only organization I know of outside the industry that takes that position is the American Civil Liberties Union. And they have opposed, going back into the seventies, when I first got involved in this, and through the eighties, have systematically mouthed tobacco industry rhetoric in saying workers shouldn’t be protected from the toxic chemicals in second hand smoke and pooh-poohed the scientific evidence. They’ve really provided a fig leaf for the industry to hide behind, as have other front groups that the industry has created or funded.

Norman Solomon: Well you’re…

Stanton Glantz: And I have to tell you, as a member, I mean I belonged to the ACLU for years, and there were many…

Morton Mintz: So did I.

Stan Glantz: You know, there… one of the things that they did which was very controversial was when they defended the Nazis in Scokie, Illinois, their right to have a march. Which, while I don’t particularly like Nazis, I thought was the right thing to do. But had it come out that the Nazi Party had given the ACLU a million bucks, the way the tobacco industry had, I would have looked quite different. And I think if the ACLU were taking these kind of off-the-wall positions in defending the tobacco industry, without getting any money from the industry, that would be one thing. And you could get into a good philosophical argument with Ira Glasser and the leadership of the ACLU. But when they’re taking a million bucks from the cigarette companies to take positions that are, I think, really hard to defend, based on the science, it just has a whole different tone to it.

And another thing that shows their very strong pro-tobacco industry bias, is a couple of years ago I received about forty thousand pages of secret tobacco industry documents — were sent to me anonymously — they ended up the subject of a book called The Cigarette Papers. But the Brown and Williamson tobacco company sued the University of California to try to prevent release of these documents, to prevent the University from publishing them on the Web. You couldn’t have asked for a clearer First Amendment case than the tobacco industry suing the University to prevent dissemination of important public information. I approached the ACLU to see if they would put an amicus brief in, in support of the University of California, just on pure First Amendment grounds, and they were too busy. But they always seemed to have time to show up on every little berg defending the tobacco industry’s right to have the air polluted.

Norman Solomon: Well, if I hear you right, well both of you, you seem to be saying that the ACLU is exerting itself consistently on behalf of the real or, perhaps imagined, First Amendment rights of tobacco companies but not asserting itself as the ACLU, on behalf of the First Amendment rights for whistle blowers working against the tobacco industry, or those who are speaking out against it.

Stanton Glantz: Yeah, or even on behalf of workers who are, I mean, if you are working in a work place where people could smoke, you’re breathing in toluene, you’re breathing in benzene, you’re breathing in dimethyl-nitrocamine, formaldehyde, nickel, polycyclic aeromatic hydrocarbons, just a witches brew of toxic chemicals.

Norman Solomon: From what?

Stan Glantz: From the second-hand cigarette smoke. And, to me, it’s a simple issue of work place safety. And yet the ACLU comes in and has somehow asserted there’s a civil right to, for people to poison the air. I mean, it’s a ridiculous position. And I can’t…

Morton Mintz: I would like to add to that…

Stan Glantz: I can’t believe that they would be taking those positions if they weren’t getting all this money from the cigarette companies.

Norman Solomon: Morton Mintz.

Morton Mintz: I’d like to add to that. I cite in my article a memo from Louis Maltby, who is the chairman of the Civil Liberties in the Workplace Task Force, have got all this money from the tobacco industry. He said, “We have not thought through essential questions for which we currently have no answers.” And he said, for example, quoting again, “Do non-smokers have a right to be protected against all side-stream smoke? Or only the levels which create health risks? If the latter, what concentrations of smoke do we believe create risks? Is it acceptable to use engineering controls to achieve a smoke-free atmosphere?”

Now the point of this is, that here they were, doing all the things that Stanton Glantz has just recited, while internally, they didn’t know what the hell they were doing, basically. ‘Cause they didn’t understand what the dangers of passive smoke were. And there’s another thing. They had.. here is Ira Glasser, he’s saying nowadays, “Well we forbid smoking in our workplace.” What he doesn’t say is that his own employees, the office employees, had to practically force him at gun point — because some of their people were getting ill, had to have letters from doctors and what-not — to stop smoking in the workplace.

And just one final thing. When the office administrator decided that she needed to get information about whether there were health risks to second-hand smoke, to whom did she write for that information? The EPA? Oh, no. She wrote to a public relations man for the Tobacco Institute. I think that says something too.

Norman Solomon: That’s the voice of Morton Mintz, who was a reporter at the Washington Post for twenty-nine years. His article, titled “The ACLU and the Tobacco Companies” appears in the Spring 1998 issue of Nieman Reports, published by Harvard’s Nieman Foundation. We’re also speaking with Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine in the cardiology division at the University of California at San Francisco. I’m Norman Solomon, and you’re listening to the Making Contact radio program. We’ll return to this discussion in a minute.

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Well, let’s resume our discussion. As I mentioned at the outset of this program, Making Contact invited the American Civil Liberties Union to participate in this discussion. We offered an equal amount of time to spokespersons for the ACLU, but our offer, unfortunately, was declined. The National ACLU did provide a written statement from its Executive Director, Ira Glasser, to Making Contact for this program. So I’m going to read Mr. Glasser’s statement and then ask for comments from our guests.

This is a statement from Ira Glasser, Executive Director of the ACLU: “On the subject of the ACLU and tobacco money, Morton Mintz long ago gave up any pretense to objective, fact-based reporting. Sadly, Mintz is tarnishing his sterling reputation as a journalist in a misguided attempt to lend credibility to his anti-smoking crusade. While I can respect his dedication to a cause, I cannot respect his methods. As the following examples demonstrate, these methods have little in common with the journalistic standards one would expect from a Nieman fellow, let alone a tabloid reporter.”

Continuing here with a statement from Ira Glasser of the ACLU, “Please note that due to time limitations these points do not constitute a comprehensive response to the accusations. I will be making a more complete response in the coming week, which I would be happy to provide to anyone who writes to me at the ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th floor, New York City, 10004.”

And then there’s a series of five points in Mr. Glasser’s statement. Let’s just try to move through these. Number one, again quoting Ira Glasser of the ACLU, “Mintz says that his latest attack is inspired by a book by John Faux, a former clerical employee who left the ACLU several years ago. The book, Cigarette Confidential, includes a chapter about the ACLU’s alleged relationship with the tobacco industry. Faux’s book notwithstanding, listeners should know that the whole question of the ACLU and tobacco money was raised and put to rest some years ago in a report issued by Mintz himself. In a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Mintz concluded that there was, ‘no trace of any financial impropriety in the ACLU’s solicitation and use of these grants’ that ‘integrity is not the issue’ and that ‘the ACLU rigorously segregates fundraising from its efforts in behalf of civil liberties’. Mintz’s refutation of his own conclusions based on documents revealed in John Faux’s book does not hold up, because those documents do not hold up. That’s what every other journalist who investigated the story concluded, and that’s what listeners to this radio program ought to conclude too.” Again, the words of Ira Glasser, Executive Director of the ACLU.

Well, Morton Mintz, what do you make of that part of the statement?

Morton Mintz: Well, I say it’s a sad day in the long and sometimes glorious history of the American Civil Liberties Union when its Executive Director reacts to an article on the ACLU’s relationship with Phillip

Morris and R J Reynolds, not by joining us on the air, but with a written statement: a statement that attacks the integrity of the reporter and his sources, that fails to respond forthrightly to key issues raised in the article, and that does not so much as mention the two leading tobacco companies, which have given the ACLU and its affiliates more than a million dollars as you noted.

Notably, Glasser ignores the statements in the article by Melvin Wolf, who was the ACLU’s Legal Director for fifteen years, and it remains, in his words, “deeply attached to its principles.” Commenting on the book by John Faux, Wolf said this, “The information in Cigarette Confidential threatens the basic integrity of the ACLU.” Now that’s pretty serious. Comes from a former Legal Director, you’d think that that would be addressed. It isn’t. Now he goes on to… well, he doesn’t go on, but I want to say the ACLU justifies its solicitation of hundreds of thousands of tobacco dollars on the ground that the money went to its Workplace Rights Task Force.

Melvin Wolf’s quote about this justification is ignored in Glasser’s statement. Understandably, because Wolf denounced the justification as a “sham”, and went on to say, “there is no constitutional right to pollute the atmosphere and threaten the health of others.” The revelations that is in the book support the conclusion that the ACLU’s mission is being corrupted by the attraction of easy money. Now does Glasser think that there is a constitutional right to pollute the atmosphere? Why doesn’t he come on the air and say so? Why didn’t he say so in the statement?

Norman Solomon: Well, as I mentioned, he declined to come on the air with us, and instead submitted this written statement.

Morton Mintz: Yeah.

Norman Solomon: I think what I’ll do is I’ll sift through the rest of this written statement from Ira Glasser and then ask again for Moron Mintz and, then if we have time, Stanton Glantz, to comment. This is the rest of the…

Stanton Glantz: One thing I’d just like to say: I mean, it’s laughable that they’re talking about an alleged relation… that the ACLU is talking about an alleged relationship with Phillip Morris and R J Reynolds. I mean, a million dollars changed hands. I mean, that creates a relationship. There’s nothing “alleged”. I mean, the fact that they refused to engage the substance of the issues that Morton Mintz raises is, I mean, it just shows the complete indefensibility of their position. I mean, they basically become shills for the cigarette companies.

Norman Solomon: Well, Ira Glasser from the ACLU says, as following his statement, “Mintz is correct in stating that Faux’s book, Cigarette Confidential, was all but ignored by the media and reviewed nowhere, but he is wrong in claiming that the author’s press stunt ‘flopped’ because the ACLU media spokespeople chilled the story. Mintz doesn’t exhibit much respect for his fellow journalists if he thinks a word from the ACLU can kill a hot story. The real reason,” Glasser continues, “that the book was ignored is because it has no credibility. Faux provided stacks of photocopied ‘proof’ to dozens of reporters who had plenty of opportunity to find out the truth for themselves. We gave interviews to all of the reporters who asked and provided documents refuting the many factual errors in the book. As for the lack of book reviews, the ACLU was never contacted by any publication asking whether they should review Faux’s book. So, “Glasser writes, “I can only conclude that it was not reviewed because it was not worth reviewing.”

We’re going to be running out of time, I’m afraid, but let me briefly summarize the rest of the statement. He goes on… Ira Glasser from the ACLU goes on to say that Mintz quotes from the author of the book saying the ACLU was behind an effort to add a smoker rights amendment to the US Constitution and Glasser characterizes this as “bizarre and without any proof.” Then he also goes on to say that a newsletter put out, called Smoke Free Air, had factual errors in it. And, let me just read the final section and then ask for both of you to comment.

He says.. Ira Glasser says that “The ACLU has always opposed bans on commercial advertising of any legal product on First Amendment grounds. We have taken that position consistently for more than fifty years. All this is a matter of public record.”

And finally, according to Ira Glasser of the ACLU, “Similarly, contrary to Mintz’s accusations, the ACLU has not opposed a legal requirement that the Surgeon General’s warning must appear on every tobacco product and every tobacco ad.” Morton Mintz, what do you make of that statement?

Morton Mintz: Well, it’s impossible to deal with all of that factually and carefully in the limited time. But there’s a lot of tricky, cutesy stuff there, and I’ll site one example quickly. The fact that the book was not reviewed may sound, you know, as if it’s an indictment of the book. The fact is that I can tell you of all kinds of news stories that ought to be covered that are not covered in nothing to with tobacco or the ACLU. All kinds of books that ought to be reviewed that are not reviewed. For heaven’s sake, there was an expose the Gannett chain called Chain Gang by Richard McCord. It was not reviewed in a single Gannett newspaper. I mean, you know, that doesn’t mean anything.

But I want to talk about the money for a moment. As an example of this cutesiness that we have from Mr. Glasser. His statement claims that my 1993 report “put to rest” again “the whole question of the ACLU and tobacco company.” Well, what that fails to say is that Glasser himself had misled me and everyone, into believing that Phillip Morris and R J Reynolds were contributing to the ACLU’s general fund.

Norman Solomon: So to clarify this, you’re saying you gave the ACLU the benefit of the doubt in 1993, but you have since gained more information showing that tobacco company money was funneled — directly earmarked — to this task force that deals with smoking related issues and you now have, perhaps, a harsher judgment of the ACLU than you did then.

Morton Mintz: That’s absolutely correct. If I’d known there was earmarking I would not have given them the benefit of the doubt. And he didn’t want to say it, and I think that illustrates his level of candor with everybody.

Stanton Glantz: Yeah, I mean another example of how he’s being very cutesy here is saying that they didn’t propose a smokers rights amendment to the US Constitution. Well, to the best of my knowledge, that’s correct. But I can tell you that they supported and aggressively pushed industry inspired smoker’s rights legislation in state legislatures all over this country. And, I mean, to me, I mean the… I find this statement with the same level of slipperiness as a typical statement coming out of the cigarette companies. I mean, if … its ad hominem, it’s sidestepping the real issues.

And, I mean, I think it’s ironic that an organization, whose purpose for being is to protect free speech and public discourse and debate, won’t come on and defend themselves. Because, I think their position is indefensible. I mean, if the ACLU is driven by principle, let them give the million dollars back to the tobacco industry and then keep maintaining their positions. If the ACLU is supporting the pro-tobacco positions and not getting a penny for it, then you could just think they were misguided instead of corrupt.

Norman Solomon: Unfortunately, we’re just about out of time. For listeners who want to pursue this matter, whether you want to write to compliment the ACLU, or to raise some critical issues, you can write to Ira Glasser. That’s I-R-A G-L-A-S-S-E-R at the ACLU, 125 Broad Street, 18th floor, New York City, 10004. There’s also going to be a phone number at Making Contact in a few moments that you can call for further information.

I’ve been speaking with Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Division at the University of California at San Francisco, and Morton Mintz, a former Washington Post reporter, whose article, “The ACLU

and Tobacco Companies”, appears in the Spring 1998 issue of Nieman Reports, published at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Thanks to both of you for joining us.

Stanton Glantz: My pleasure.

Norman Solomon: That’s about it for this addition of Making Contact. If you’d like a transcript or tape of today’s program, or more information about “Making Contact”, please get something to write with. In a few moments, you’ll be hearing our toll free number which can be used from anywhere in the United States and Canada.

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Secret documents reveal ACLU ties to Big Tobacco.



November 13, 1996

Secret memos detailing how the American Civil Liberties Union works as a hired gun for the Tobacco Industry will be revealed at a press conference on Wednesday, November 13th, 10 a.m, at 132 West 43rd Street (bet. 6th & Broadway), outside the A.C.L.U.. For the first time, the memos expose an intentional A.C.L.U. cover-up of a quid pro quo – direct work for funding – relationship with Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, the world’s two largest tobacco manufacturers.

The confidential documents detail how the A.C.L.U., the 76-year-old sacred cow of American liberalism and defender of the Bill of Rights, has received over $1 million dollars in combined funding from the two tobacco giants in exchange for aggressive advocacy on their behalf. The A.C.L.U.’s work for cigarette company donations is in direct conflict with its status as a tax-exempt, non-profit institution.

Investigative journalist and former A.C.L.U. employee, John Fahs, author of the Berkley Publishing Group’s new book, CIGARETTE CONFIDENTIAL: THE UNFILTERED TRUTH ABOUT THE ULTIMATE AMERICAN ADDICTION, will distribute the internal A.C.L.U. documents at the press conference. Joe Cherner, President of SmokeFree Educational Services, will describe his experience with the A.C.L.U.’s refusal to support non-smokers rights.

In 1993 major news headlines reported the A.C.L.U.’s acceptance of cigarette money but the agency denied any link between funding and their defense of tobacco industry issues. These secret memos not only reveal a clear conflict of interest but also demonstrate a concerted cover-up and campaign of disinformation after the acceptance of cigarette money had been brought to light.

NY Coalition for a Smoke-Free City



CONTACT: Cynthia Malmuth: (212) 744-7476

Tina Mosetis: (516) 487-5866

Joe Cherner: (212) 912-0960 :


375 South End Avenue, Suite 32F

New York, NY 10280

Phone (212) 912-0960 Fax: (212) 488-8911


The ACLU wants you to forget they used to take money from Big Tobacco.

The ACLU’s Tobacco Addiction – American Civil Liberties Union receives donations from tobacco industry – Abstract

Progressive, The, Dec, 1998 by Morton Mintz

Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, sent me an “invitation” to join recently. “For seventy-eight years, the ACLU, supported exclusively by caring, concerned people like you, has been the nation’s staunch defender of the Bill of Rights and freedom,” she wrote. Sadly, however, her description of who “exclusively” funds the ACLU is a falsity, which her underlining compounds. Unless, of course, tobacco companies are “caring, concerned people.”

In 1987, the ACLU’s executive director, Ira Glasser, began to solicit Philip Morris for annual grants without first consulting his board of directors, he admitted to me in an October 1992 interview. By that time, the leading cigarette manufacturer had given the tax-exempt ACLU Foundation $500,000. Second-ranking R.J. Reynolds also contributed, but Glasser refused to tell me how much.

How Strossen could not have known of the ACLU’s financial dependence on tobacco is hard to imagine. She was sitting beside Glasser and me when he revealed the Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds grants. In July 1993, moreover, leading news organizations–including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Reuters–publicized the grants in stories based on a report I’d done, “Allies: The ACLU and the Tobacco Industry.” Yet the ACLU still maintains the fiction that Strossen knew nothing of the contributions. “Nadine … is not involved with the accounting procedures of the ACLU,” membership liaison Rita Buland wrote on September 25 to an inquiring ACLU member, Stanley E. Cohen.

Full Article

Nader Assails A.C.L.U. on Tobacco Induistry Gifts
Published: July 30, 1993

WASHINGTON, July 29— Ralph Nader and the American Civil Liberties Union, often on the same side in the past, are fighting each other over the receipt by the A.C.L.U. of more than $500,000 from tobacco companies.

Mr. Nader, Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the Public Citizen Health Research Group and others active in organizations seeking to protect consumers held a news conference here today to implore the civil liberties group to stop accepting the money.

The tobacco industry donations were unearthed by Morton Mintz, a retired Washington Post writer, who said that starting in 1987 the A.C.L.U. had accepted large sums of money from tobacco companies, including $500,000 from the Philip Morris Companies Inc.

Full Article


Mike Adams attacks Rainbow Doritos for causing cancer, gets smeared as homophobe.



Some of the attacks against Adams on Facebook:

I didn’t realize NaturalNews was also homophobic.” – Allen Gilbert

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but this is extremely homophobic. To call a company that’s raising money for a charity “gaywashing”. Are you fucking kidding me? Do you even know how gay people happen? They’re born that way. Just like some people are born black, Asian, Mexican, etc. Not some media brainwashing bullshit. Nice try natural news. Try again.” – Pixie Black

Why quit at embarrassingly scientifically ignorant when you can add homophobic? All that’s missing is creationists for the trifecta.” – Paul Newman

Natural News is -̲i̲n̲s̲e̲r̲t̲ ̲a̲n̲y̲t̲h̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲e̲r̲e̲-̲phobic, because fear sells.” – Richard Ewald

It’s called solidarity you dumbshits. You’ve officially stooped lower than Faux News. Don’t pretend to speak for the LGBT community with your homophobic BS. Only NN could spin a well-thought positive gesture into something nefarious.” – Adrian Corbin

I can’t. I just can’t even. Not only is this site anti science it now homophobic? Uh y’all need to calm the f down. It rainbow colored chips. And as a person who whole heatedly supports the lgbt community I think it’s fantastic. So take your insanely delusional high horse and shove it up your non gmo, anti-vaccine, homeopathic ass. Bye Felicia.” – Dallas Lee Price

Congratulations, just when I thought this page couldn’t be anymore of a cesspit of human refuse you prove me wrong again. Good job for once again lowering the standard!” – Zach Wallis

Jonathan Polley Natural News not only full of anti science but also homophobic bile….” – Jonathan Polley

Welcome to La La Land where it’s racist to oppose the genocide of unborn black babies, where it’s sexist to compliment a woman on her looks in a decent and non-sexual way, where it’s sexist to eat meat, and where it’s homophobic to be against junk food makers using cancer-causing GMOs, cancer-causing MSG, and cancer-causing food dyes to promote “gay pride”.

Of course if these clickbaiters had bothered to click on the link and fully read the article, they would have learned that Adams was protesting the exploitation of gays and being used as guinea pigs by Big Food and Big Ag. But no, anything Big Food does to promote gay rights is okay to the LGBTs and anybody who has a problem with it is just an evil gay-hating homophobe.

Knowing how fake liberals operate, it wouldn’t surprise me if the “anti-food dye” guys at CSPI give Frito Lay a free pass in this case.

Full article below.


Rainbow Doritos the latest absurd example of corporate #gaywashing… Frito-Lay trying to feed obese lesbians GMO snack chips laced with MSG and artificial colors
Mike Adams
September 18, 2015

(NaturalNews) Corporate #gaywashing is becoming so absurd and insulting to the LGBT community that it deserves serious comment. Frito-Lay has just introduced “Rainbow Doritos” which pander to gays and lesbians, insulting their intelligence by hoping they will blindly eat genetically modified corn chips laced with MSG and chemical colors just because it’s all packaged under the “rainbow banner.”

This is corporate #gaywashing at its worst… a demeaning attempt to invoke an almost dog-like Pavlovian consumer response through the use of rainbow colors that aren’t even real food in the first place (they’re faked with petrochemical-derived coloring agents).

It’s clear that Frito-Lay thinks gay people are nutritional morons who don’t care what they eat as long as it’s rainbow colored. The very effort is so insulting and brain-dead that you wonder why the LGBT community doesn’t starting calling out these corporations for their pathetic pandering.

It doesn’t get better: it gets worse

Today, Frito-Lay and the It Gets Better Campaign jointly announced rainbow-colored Doritos as a shallow marketing gimmick to serve genetically modified junk food to gays and lesbians, all with the claimed goal of raising money for those very same LGBT community members.

All this insulting gaywashing is taking place in an era when lesbians have far higher rates of obesity than heterosexual women. If you’re already obese and you keep eating genetically modified Doritos laced with MSG, it doesn’t get betterit gets WORSE.

Think about the utter insanity of this entire contrived campaign: Gays and lesbians are supposed to rush out and buy these artificial colored GMO Doritos for $10 a bag as some sort of “show of support” for the LGBT community? Really? The same community that’s already suffering from high rates of obesity?

So after suffering verbal abuse from gay-haters, the LGBT community is now directly promoting CHEMICAL abuse of their own members? All while promoting the profit interests of Frito-Lay and Monsanto, two corporation that utterly lack ethics of any kind?

Seriously? Is the LGBT community now going to align itself with Frito-Lay and Monsanto? Maybe next the It Gets Better Campaign can offer “GAY GLYPHOSATE CHIPS” for $20 a bag. The new slogan: “Take PRIDE in poisoning yourself!”

Rainbow Doritos would probably better be called, “HATE Chips.” If you hate yourself, eat some GMOs and MSG, then wait for the cancer tumors to kick in.

Note to Frito-Lay: Gay people aren’t nutritional idiots

Note to Frito-Lay: Gay people are not stupid. They actually tend to know more about nutrition than straight people.

As a result, the only people who are going to eat rainbow-colored Doritos aren’t gay people, but stupid people who don’t know anything about nutrition. No self-respecting gay person that I know would dare be caught dead with his hand in a bag of Doritos. If I see someone eating a bag of rainbow-colored Doritos, I’m not going to think to myself, “That person’s gay.” Nope, I’m going to think, “Wow, that person’s an idiot.”

Check out some of the ingredients of the Cool Ranch Doritos, which serves as the template for Rainbow Doritos:

(GMO) corn, (GMO) vegetable oil, (GMO) maltodextrin, (GMO) corn starch, (GMO) corn syrup solids, (refined) sugar, monosodium glutamate, (GMO) dextrose, Red #40, Blue #1, Yellow #5, disodium guanylate…

And what’s not even listed is all the pesticides, herbicides and acrylamides that might also be contaminating the product.

Frito-Lay’s message to LGBT community: Take pride in your obesity, diabetes and migraine headaches

If I were gay, I would be really, really offended by Frito-Lay’s lame #gaywashing attempt. They think that just because they slap some artificial colors onto genetically modified corn chips, that all the gays and lesbians are going to blindly line up and gobble this stuff down without even reading the ingredients list?

The It Gets Better Campaign dares not even show the ingredients on their Rainbow Doritos donation page. While gays have long since come out of the closet, Frito-Lay wants to keep its Doritos ingredients hidden away in the closet, far from public scrutiny.

Notice they never say how MSG causes migraine headaches and brain cell damage? It makes me seriously wonder: Are they trying to deliberately dumb down gays and lesbians to make them keep buying Frito-Lay products that no intelligent person would ever eat?

Frito-Lay, by the way, is the same company that spent huge dollars to block GMO labeling on food products, making sure that all the gays and lesbians in America are kept nutritionally ignorant of what they’re really eating. GMO labeling, it seems, is being shoved way, way back into the closet, making sure it never sees the light of day.

That’s how much Frito-Lay really supports gays and lesbians: they claim to support your right to “be yourself” but not to be informed.

What a pathetic joke… a total insult to any intelligent human being, gay, lesbian, transgender or otherwise.

Spread the word: Boycott Frito-Lay for its pathetic gaywashing

Message to Frito-Lay: Your #gaywashing just backfired. To all those Natural News readers who are part of the LGBT community, please share this story widely, and join the effort to boycott Frito-Lay’s pandering #gaywashing stupidity.

Don’t become a gay sheeple sucking down toxic GMO junk food that enriches evil corporations. If you’re gay and you really want to celebrate your individuality, then protect your health with sound nutritional choices. Make informed food choices, not color-coded “consumer reactions” that are programmed into your head by gay-pandering corporate twits who frankly don’t give a crap about you being gay in the first place.

They’re not interested in doing anything to set you free. They actually want to addict you to their processed, chemically-laced junk foods, all while pulling your emotional strings with contrived color symbols that they hijack for corporate profits. Don’t let these corporations turn these symbols against you like weapons, all while feeding your genetically modified junk food and monosodium glutamate.


Linux “fan” Brian Fagioli says Windows 10 is the “final nail in the coffin for Linux” and why his statement is wrong.

Windows 10 is the final nail in the coffin for the Linux desktop


For years now, we Linux fans — yes, myself included — have been dreaming of the fabled “Year of the Linux Desktop”. What does that mean? To have Linux-based operating systems snag a bigger piece of the desktop pie, if not a majority. While a majority share of the desktop is admittedly absurd, a respectable share was always something I considered a possibility.

For some, this desire stems from a hatred of Microsoft and Windows; that is not my stance, however. No, I love both Linux-based operating systems and Windows; I just want Linux distros to get a bit more respect. A lot of work goes into Ubuntu, Fedora and others and it is sad that they are not used by more people. While the consumer hatred of Windows 8 seemed like an opportunity for Linux to grow, sadly, it did not happen. Even sadder? Windows 10 closes the door entirely. The year of the Linux desktop will never happen. Rest in peace.

Click here for full article.


Sorry Brian, but you couldn’t be more wrong.

It has come out that the home edition of Windows 10 forces people to install updates whether they want to or not. And guess what these forced updates are doing, Einstein? They’re causing ENDLESS CRASH LOOPS.

And it’s also come out that people running Windows 7 and Windows 8 with automatic updates turned on are being forcibly upgraded to Windows 10 without their consent.

All these forced downloads use up bandwidth, and most ISPs will charge you astronomical fees if you go over your monthly bandwidth.

When people realize that all these forced updates could theoretically force them to use Windows Hello to log in to their own computer (with a thumbscan or retina scan or face scan) and disable the ability to turn off Secure Boot and therefore make it impossible to install any other operating system, they will boycott Windows and start using Linux.

Brian Fagioli, you are a traitor to the Linux movement. Take your dirty Microsoft shill money and choke on it.


Zionist Jew animal rights extremist Gary Yourofsky advocates the rape and murder of meat eaters.

Comment: What else would you expect from a Zionist Jew?

Zionist Jews like Gary Yourofsky and Zionist Jew-funded groups such as PETA are allowed to assault reporters, threaten whistleblowers’ families, and equate slaughterhouse animals with Jewish holocaust victims and nobody calls for them to be arrested or be investigated, but I get my YouTube account terminated and threatened with arrest for equating the millions of dogs and cats that PETA has gassed to death with the millions of Jews that the Nazs gassed to death.



Animal Rights Speaker Sparks Controvery, First Amendment Issues

Monday, Jan 28, 2008 @08:04pm CST

Gary Yourofsky doesn’t apologize for his radical stance on animal rights. In fact, he says enlightened people don’t consider him to be that radical.

“Consuming cut up pieces of animal corpses is not enlightened,” said Yourofsky Monday after a presentation before a journalism class at the University of Southern Indiana. He went on to say he supports the killing and raping of humans who kill animals in the name of meat and fur production, and medical and pharmaceutical research.

“My empathy is only for victims, human or nonhuman, I don’t have empathy for victimizers,” he said.

Yourofsky’s speech came less than a year after an earlier engagement was canceled by the University, which cited a policy barring speakers who advocate breaking state and federal laws.

Members of the campus Society of Professional Journalists lobbied to bring him back, saying that in spite of his controversial stance, as a public university, the school should give him the opportunity to speak. Explaining his support for letting speakers of all viewpoints address his classes, journalism professor Chad Tew explained that, in his view, USI “really serves a vital need, brining people in from outside, even if they are controversial.” He said his students could “make any decision they wnat, but they’ve got to be exposed” to foreign ideas.

Not all of the students who listened to Yourofsky were shocked, and some said they had no plans to change their diets to reduce or remove meat.

“I actually am a meat cutter at Schnuks,” said one. “I really wasn’t listening to it.”

Others were moved by the presentation. “I didn’t want to hear it,” said a student, “It made me change my opinion, whether it’ll change the way I eat, we’ll see.”


COINTELPRO provocateurs Steven Best, Animal Liberation Front call for vegans to commit acts of terrorism to impose globalist ethical vegan agenda on everybody.

Comment: More proof that animal rights extremists are in bed with the CIA. If I called for Ingrid Newkirk to be kidnapped and beheaded for killing innocent dogs and cats in PETA’s gas chamber, I would be in federal prison right now.

Steven Best and the Animal Liberation Front work for the CIA. They are COINTELPRO provocateurs.


Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World

National Review
July 13, 2015

A professor at the University of Texas at El Paso wrote a manifesto saying that animal-rights activists must rise up and commit “illegal raids” and “sabotage attacks” in order to save the world from a “mass extinction.”

In a 2009 piece for the Animal Liberation Front titled “Manifesto for Radical Abolitionism: Total Liberation By Any Means Necessary,” associate professor of philosophy Steven Best says that groups like PETA are just not radical or progressive enough. After all, they work with corporations (boo!) “in order to regulate, not eliminate, the ongoing nonhuman animal holocaust.”

Best explains that capitalism is “destructive,” the state is a “corrupt tool,” and keeping animals enslaved will definitely lead to a “mass extinction” — and so basically it’s just not enough to go vegan or adopt a rescue puppy.

What does he suggest we do instead? Well . . .

We endorse a form of abolition that (1) defends the use of high-pressure direct action tactics, along with illegal raids, rescues, and sabotage attacks; (2) views capitalism as an inherently irrational, exploitative, and destructive system, and sees the state as a corrupt tool whose function is to advance the economic and military interests of the corporate domination system and to repress opposition to its agenda; (3) has a broad, critical understanding of how different forms of oppression are interrelated, seeing human animal, nonhuman animal, and earth liberation as inseparable projects; and, thus, (4) promotes an anti-capitalist alliance politics with other rights, justice, and liberation movements who share the common goal of dismantling all systems of hierarchical domination and rebuilding societies through decentralization and democratization processes.

Full article here