Accuracy in Media

CBS News published an article about a recent billboard campaign by animal rights group PETA.

PETA announced its latest public advocacy campaign, which consists of advertising on billboards about President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. However, the article buried a quote from PETA’s president at the end of the article, which advocated providing for the survival of rats in cities like Baltimore.

The billboard campaign called Kushner a “rich pest” and the ad portrayed “laying atop a pile of cash next to a photo of a rat PETA dubs the “poor guy just trying to survive” holding a piece of cheese.” CBS News called it an “eyebrow-raising ad” and linked it to President Trump’s comments about Baltimore, Maryland. Trump called the city a “rat and rodent-infested mess” during a series of tweets critical of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whose district includes Baltimore.

The CBS News article also quoted a Baltimore CBS affiliate which found, “164 complaints at the Kushner-owned properties, resulting in 56 correction notices and citations of a proposed $13,200 in fines.”

PETA’s message included recommendations on how to handle a rodent problem, “such as putting away food and garbage in well-sealed containers that rats can’t chew through, and sealing any holes or cracks around your property.”

In a statement by PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, the organization’s leader said, “Smart, social, resourceful rats who are just trying to eke out an existence suffer when entitled landlords neglect humane rodent-control measures. PETA encourages building managers to evict unwanted tiny tenants using only effective, nonlethal methods.”

This is another example of the mainstream media running an article from left-of-center advocacy organizations while ignoring right-of-center advocacy organizations, even when the left-of-center group advocates for rat survival methods instead of reforming living conditions for humans in a city such as Baltimore.

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