Udder justice

The Fox News reporters from Tampa who said they were fired after refusing to lie in a story about bovine growth hormone in Florida milk will go to court next month.

On April 1 a judge rejected WTVT's request to throw the whistle-blower suit out of court. The trial is now set for May 10.

The original story, which alleged that Florida grocery chains had quietly abandoned their pledge not to sell milk from rBGH-treated cows, and which linked the Monsanto Corp.'s artificial hormone to cancer in humans, was re-edited dozens of times, reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre say. The station offered to buy them out of their contracts in exchange for toning down the story, which called rBGH "crack for cows." The pair refused, their contract was not renewed, and a toned-down version of the piece was aired later.

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