Interview 1080 – Claire Bernish Reports on the Nestle Water Scandal

by | Aug 26, 2015 | Interviews | 3 comments

bernishsquareToday James talks to Claire Bernish, an independent reporter for The Pontiac Tribune and The Anti-Media, about her recent report, “Nestle Pays Only $524 to Extract 27,000,000 Gallons of California Drinking Water.” We talk about the (expired) permit that has allowed Nestle to pump the water from the San Bernardino National Forest for decades, the effect it is having on California’s drought-ravaged ecosystem, the growing movement to draw awareness to the issue, and reddit’s censorship of Bernish’s viral article.

The Anti-Media

The Pontiac Tribune

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  1. Nestle is among the elite of the most grotesque corporate players. They’re on some children’s fairytale villain level of greed and treachery. Abby Martin did a great job calling them out numerous times on Breaking The Set. The episode where she responded to a Nestle corporate PR presentation they provided in lieu of an actual person was pretty memorable. The figures in Claire’s story are so staggering and unbelievable it doesn’t surprise me that it went viral in the way it did. Hopefully she can manage to build off of that.

  2. I don’t get it. Went to the link provided. Lots of complaining but no real action to be seen by the users of Reddit. There are a lot of silly complaints apparently given via the Reddit system. (don’t use it, sooo….) Reddit DOES NOT CARE, people. Are its users so hopelessly dependent on the site that they can’t pull the plug and simply leave it behind? Let the stupid thing go to the dogs as it should for such blatant actions. What happened to boycotting the use of products that hurt humanity and the media creeps who continually censor free speech–a First Amendment right!

    Nestle is a known abuser of water rights in both the US and Canada. They stated on national media at least 2 years ago that “water is not a right.” At that time they had everyone who was actually listening all over their butts. Do none of the Reddit “whiners” know this or even listen to the real news? It’s the users that should be called to task for a complete and total lack of political chutzpah. WTF? Reddit can do as it pleases; it’s a corporation.

  3. I listen to Storm Clouds Gathering from time to time. They are now experiencing the same kind of censorhip Claire and Luke Rudowski of We Are Change experienced, that is: Google / You Tube, etc. are demonizing videos that challenge the official narrative in serious ways.

    Storm Clouds investigated and discovered that Youtube had altered their terms to extend their blacklist to include “Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown”. So basically news is off limits, any topic that matters is off limits.

    This is much worse than the New York Times not letting groups pay for a one-page ad in the paper.

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