25 Years Late, CBS Says Ketchup Is Good for You
The October 2, 1981 New York Times provides a window into the media mindset of the time, with a reporter posing this question to President Reagan at a press conference the day before:
“The style of your Administration is being called millionaires on parade. Do you feel that you are being sensitive enough to the symbolism of Republican mink coats, limousines, thousand-dollar-a-plate china at the White House, when ghetto kids are being told they can eat ketchup as a vegetable?”Sadly, the identity of the person who posed this particular question was not reported in the Times, but this was a spin heard in various forms throughout the media landscape in the early 1980s.
Yesterday, I received the usual late-afternoon “Inside Scoop” e-mail from CBS News, announcing the topics for that night’s “Evening News” and the next morning’s “Early Show.” As always, the e-mail started out with an interesting quotation and a “Did You Know” fun fact.
Yesterday’s fact from CBS News: “DID YOU KNOW? 4 tablespoons of ketchup has about the same amount of nutrition as a ripe tomato.”
Now, where were CBS’s researchers 25 years ago?