This piece by opinion columnist Stuart Leavenworth appeared in the Sacramento Bee. (Registration may be required.) Increasingly, the media is beginning to report the truth about 71. It was a big con job that is going to cost the state billions of dollars. Once the Institute for Regenerative Medicine formally decides not to share royalties with the state, the jig will officially be up.
This does not necessarily mean that polls will show an immediate drop in support for 71, however. Unfortunately, with so much information vying for people’s attention, it takes repetition-repetition-repetition, and television-television-television, to move public opinion. I remain unconvinced that the media, generally in the tank for Big Biotech, will provide the high profile coverage necessary to alert most people that they were had.