Originally published November 13 2015
University of Florida an insane asylum staffed by lying Monsanto shill who faked another personality to interview himself defending GMOs
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Kevin Folta from the University of Florida has made his own bed, and now he has to lie in it. This Monsanto shill, who was earlier exposed for lying about his financial relationship with the chemical giant and its corporate allies, has now been outed as a complete lunatic who created a fictitious alter ego persona whom he had interview himself on air for his personal podcast.
A journalist from BuzzFeed by the name of Brooke Borel first broke the story after she unexpectedly caught Folta in his own lie via social media. Folta had reportedly contacted Borel in the early summer months through Twitter about doing a segment on his show, to which she told him to contact her through email. He never did, but in the interim she observed that he had appeared on his own show, which is hosted by a character named "Vern Blazek," who Borel would later learn is actually Folta in disguise.
She later extracted a response from Folta about this seeming anomaly, in which he admitted to inventing the Blazek character as a way to "play in this space" – the "space," here, referring to the use of the internet radio medium to promote genetically modified organisms (GMOs), of which Folta is an adamant supporter – without drawing too much attention to himself. But now, ironically, the exact opposite has occurred.
With the whole charade now exposed, the spotlight couldn't be brighter on Folta. Not only did he lie about receiving financial support from Monsanto, but he's now relegated himself to the loony bin as far as his detractors are concerned. In what parallel universe does posing as a fictional character and interviewing oneself under the guise of conducting scientific inquiry NOT seem inherently biased and dishonest?
Side effects of GMO worship include denial of reality and schizophrenia Folta quickly axed all traces of his Science Power Hour radio podcast from the internet realm after Borel blew the lid on the sham. But he has since resurrected it, scrubbing the interviews he conducted with himself, of course, and repositioning the program as a "parody" in an attempt to cover for his extensive pattern of lies. Those who've been paying attention, though, aren't buying any of it.
Some of Folta's former guests, who were apparently unaware of the "satirical" nature of his radio program when they first appeared on it (presumably because it wasn't actually a satirical show prior to Folta being outed for ostensible mental illness), are outraged that they were taken advantage of by this anti-science charlatan.
Other critics of Folta and his pro-GMO philosophies are chalking it all up to the rampant dishonesty that characterizes the biotechnology industry at large. Is it really all that surprising that a man who would lie about his financial relationship with an industry he unabashedly worships, also concocted a phony identity to push his own obsessive agenda?
"Folta's emails, and the huge public discussion they've triggered, highlight a serious problem: the increasingly blurred lines between universities and big business," wrote Borel in her indictment of Folta's now undeniable misgivings.
"Unlike, say, medical research, agricultural science hasn't quite figured out how to monitor each of the many ways in which academia and industry interact. Nor has the field done a good job of examining all of those relationships — some of which are aboveboard and vital to scientific discovery and some of which are not — and explaining them to the public."
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