Yesterday the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) posted an article online with Monsanto’s name prominent in the headline, followed immediately by a photo of the devastation in West, Texas, with a story about a lawsuit filed years ago against Monsanto by the fertilizer manufacturer. The story attempted to drive further headlines around the devastation.
The problem is the long-dormant lawsuit had nothing to do with fertilizer or the operation of the West, Texas plant. It was literally old news – as the lawsuit itself dates back more than five years. While we pointed that out to both the reporter and her editors, the outlet chose to publish the blog post and drive erroneous reporting, which serves to only further confuse people.
This all comes at a time when hard-working emergency crews work to sort out the truly important details behind a tragedy itself. It is disgusting that any outlet would try to use old news or any disaster to bolster their readership or web ratings.
As a company that is committed to the safety of the people we serve and our more than 23,000 employees globally, our thoughts are with the West, Texas community that has had to experience this and with the friends, colleagues and family members of the individuals whose lives have been so dramatically affected by the situation.