Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Game Of Semantics

Is it OK to have pharmaceutical industry people on television to make unsubstantiated health claims concerning vaccines? What happens if their noses fail to grow on-camera? How can viewers tell?

America realized that Saturday morning cartoons dream worked by the grain mills' public relations departments and produced by big-time ad agencies were turning American children into sugar junkies enriched with government-sanctioned B vitamin heebe geebees.

The sugar fix got so bad that in 1969 the Federal Communications Commission made a ruling that prohibited cartoon characters from appearing in advertisements on the same program.

Until the FCC establishes some kind of Martha Stewart rule which would prohibit canned medical promotions on television, as a rule of thumb, if a person with an M.D. degree being paid by a pharmaceutical company is on TV to jabber they probably aren't doing too well as a practicing doctor, and the network is taking product placement money to push favorable ideas about medically unnecessary stuff into your dialectal version of the coconut.

Capping campaign contributions made by Americans at $25 makes sense because a campaign contribution is really just an attempt to bribe somebody to make sure they vote for what you want.

In this age of "lifestyles" or "healthstyles" or worse "me-styles" what would happen if all Americans were limited to making just a single $25 campaign contribution per candidate per term or election season?

The answer is easy. Big business including corporations, trade groups, non-profit organizations, and various associations would have all the say, not only in Washington D.C., but across the entire nation because there is no politician willing to equalize the playing field.

So limit corporation contributions to the same $25 limits and guess what? There are a lot more Americans giving campaigns $25 dollars than corporations.

The media in America isn't too powerful, it's too slippery. Editorial discretion over content yields to, ad department deals, legal intimidation and the awful reasoning of production values. Production values rarely involve anything other than assuring advertisers, political pressure groups, etc. control both sides of the argument.

Unless something is done to eliminate corporate campaign money, Americans will continue to be reduced into nothing else, but them. One look at the Oxygen deal between Sponge Bob and Sister Marx Brother is all Americans need to know about the unfairness doctrine currently at jiffy deluxe levels.

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