OCTOBER 1997 · VOLUME 18 · NUMBER 5
T H E L A W R E N C E S U M M E R S M E M O R I A L A W A R D
"Since television began I have brought you the news ... straight and true. But now I will bring you information about food, the environment, agriculture ..."
That is David Brinkley, recently of ABC's "This Week with David Brinkley," in one of the new advertisements he has filmed for corporate criminal Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the leading sponsor of Sunday political talk shows. The ADM-Brinkley ads are scheduled to run during public policy talk shows.
As criticism of Brinkley's move mounted among the news establishment, Brinkley said, "I won't sell anything, but now it's as if I robbed a bank or something."
In 1996, ADM pled guilty to criminal price-fixing of feed additives and citric acid and was fined $100 million [see "The Ten Worst Corporations of 1996," Multinational Monitor, December 1996]. The company currently faces many private civil actions seeking millions of dollars in damages for the price-fixing in a wide variety of markets. The European Community is investigating the company for anti-competitive activities. And Michael Andreas, on leave as ADM's vice chairman, and Terrance Wilson, a retired ADM executive, face charges of criminal price-fixing.