WNYW-TV, New York City's local FOX affiliate (also known as FOX 5), is finding itself in the midst of an impending legal battle with an ice cream chain. The company is suing the station over a report it aired by consumer watchdog Arnold Diaz. TVSpy has more:
In May, Diaz targeted New York locations of the D’Lites ice cream chain for his popular “Shame, Shame, Shame” series and found that the stores were selling servings of ice cream that often contained four times the amount of calories and almost 10 times the amount of sugar as was listed on menu.
According to Reuters, Matthew Prince, the owner of the Long Island ice cream stores (part of a larger national chain), claims that the laboratory Diaz used was testing unfrozen and concentrated ice cream mix. Prince claims that the discrepancies in what is advertised versus what Diaz found are a result of this difference. The actual ice cream, he contends, is diluted. Prince says he has results from another lab that back his contentions.
In the lawsuit, News Corp (the parent company of the station and of FOX News Network, among other major media outlets) and FOX 5 are named. In it, Prince alleges that the broadcasters "knowingly ignored" the corrected findings so that they could produce a good -- and scandalous -- news story. As a result, Prince says business has taken a dive.
So far, the station is standing by Diaz's story. Watch the explosive report that started the entire legal debacle, below: