Grabbing onto a program idea generated by the controversial New York Times story, Larry King, the world’s oldest talk show host, asks a loaded question – “Beef: Safe or Scary?” To fan the flames, his web site promo headlines “One woman ended up paralyzed! The debate over eating meat.”

You had to know this was coming so be thankful it’s Larry King asking the questions instead of 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose or Morley Safer. The loaded ‘have you quit beating your wife, yet?’ interview style associated with those two will be kept at a minimum. King’s style is far less confrontational and generally respectful of both sides of an argument.

Don’t think the beef industry can breathe a sigh of relief, though. Larry King will interview well-known lawyer Bill Marler, a food safety expert, food borne illness litigator and the publisher of the recently announced online newspaper, Food Safety News.

Marler was half of last Friday’s “Five Minutes with” column on Cattlenetwork, debating the food safety issue Point/Counterpoint style with Richard Raymond, the last man to hold the Food Safety ‘czar’ position with the USDA. To get a preview of what Marler might be saying to King, click here to read the column.

Regardless of your opinion about Marler, he’s been a major force in food safety policy since the 1990's when he took the lead in the landmark Jack-in-the-Box case. Since then, Marler Clark, his Seattle-based law firm, has represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies, securing more than $300 million for their clients.

Larry King Live airs on CNN at 9:00 PM EST. If you can’t be in front of your TV, Tivo the show.