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Oprah sued by cattle ranchers-MCLIBEL USA!!!
Today, the trial begins in the case of Oprah Winfrey vs some cattle ranching assholes who are suing her for hosting ashow about Mad Cow disease and saying she would never eat another hamburger after hearing the scientist describe the case for how Mad Cow disease could happen here. Several states in the US have passes "food libel" laws that essentially declare that a piece of fruit or meat can be libelled! Under these laws, if you say that beef is unsafe to eat the ranchers can sue you for lost income. Oprah's lawyers are challenging the constitutionality of these outrageous laws in their defense and this case is considered a key test of their constitutionality. The reason these laws exist is that US food producers, stung by one food safety scandal after another, have decided to cancel the right to free speech where food safety is concerned-rather like making it illegal to say there are not enough lifeboats on a ship after the Titanic sank, instead of making them carry enough boats. It is essential that