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Channel 4 Pot Night and the Great Pot

In article <D5uvo1.FDv@festival.ed.ac.uk>, M Holmes
<fofp@festival.ed.ac.uk> wrote:
>Why not let private companies do the research you want done? It's hard
>to see why the taxpayer should pay for results that you want to see.

A book review from New Scientist, 14 January 1995, begins as follows.

    Some of the more unexpected results of studies quoted in Cynthia
    Crossens's "Tainted Truth: The Manipulation of Fact in America" have
    shown that: cloth nappies are no better for the environment than
    paper; eating almonds can help to combat heart disease; in 1972,
    while Richard Nixon was president, calls to the White House were
    running 5:1 in favour of mining North Vietnamese ports; and eating
    chocolate may inhibit dental cavities.

    But wait.  The nappy study was paid for by Procter & Gamble, maker
    of Pampers disposable nappies.  The almond study was sponsored by
    the Almond Board of California.  Nixon's figures were, of course,
    produced by his staff, who recorded favourable calls immediately,
    but kept would-be nay sayers on hold for up to 20 minutes.  I'm
    truly sorry to add that the chocolate study was paid for by Mars.

[ Review by Wendy Grossman.  Book published by Simon & Schuster. ]

I think that answers the question sufficiently.

Tim.
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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.politics,alt.politics.british
Subject: Re: Channel 4 Pot Night and the Great Pot
Date: 23 Mar 1995 12:36:34 -0000
Organization: PIPEX, 216 Science Park, Cambridge, England
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