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ABC uses hindsight on ’20/20′ report

Organic-food gaffe latest woe in Westin's News reign

ABC News will deliver a rare on-air apology for a “20/20” report by John Stossel claiming that organic foods contain no less pesticide residue than conventional foods.

The Environmental Working Group took ABC News to task over the report, which ran Feb. 4 and was repeated intact July 7 despite the EWG protest. ABC News said it would “correct the mistake” on this comping Friday’s edition of “20/20” and that it’s “reviewing the circumstances surrounding the error.”

Coming on top of a harsh, well-publicized attack on David Westin, the president of ABC News, in the current issue of the New Yorker, the apology continues a run of mostly bad luck for ABC News since Westin took over the job three years ago.

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