ABC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 18, 1998
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.
(Denver: Judy Muller) The lawsuit brought against television star Oprah Winfrey by the Texas cattle ranchers featured; details given of the response to her statements in April 1996 about meat. [Cattle ranchers Dale BARBER, David MEDEROS - comment.] The aim of "food disparagement laws" to protect farmers and ranchers from false claims made about the safety of their products outlined. [Libel Defense Resource Center Sandra BARON - raises the issue of media self-censorship due to these statutes.]
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