Public Interest Lobbyists Tilting At Windmills

from Washington Post: A Washington consumer group held a press conference yesterday urging food marketers to voluntarily quit promoting junk food to children. Center for Science in the Public Interest, which regularly weighs in on nutrition issues, outlined voluntary guidelines calling for a complete halt to promoting soda, caffeinated drinks and sugary drinks; foods largely […]

What’s In Your Docket?

from LA Times: Minnesota Atty. Gen. Mike Hatch sued Capital One Financial Corp.’s bank unit Thursday over the ads for its “No Hassle” credit card, which promote a supposedly fixed annual interest rate of 4.99%. Customers who miss a payment deadline or exceed their credit limit can end up with annual interest rates of as […]

PETA Has Its Way With The Ronald. Chickens Don’t Exactly Celebrate.

from CNN/Money: McDonald’s, the world’s number one fast-food restaurant and second-largest buyer of chicken, is studying whether to switch its chicken suppliers over to the least-cruel slaughter method, the animal rights group PETA said Tuesday. Controlled-atmosphere killing, or CAK, is a USDA-approved method of slaughter that is described by animal welfare experts as “the most […]

Wacky Packs Are Back

Growing up in the 1970s, I was a big fan of Topps’ Wacky Packages. At the time, the term “culture jamming” had yet to be uttered, and I never thought of my collection as political in any way. I just thought it was funny and cool. In a Chicago Reader article from June, one of […]

Run Rabbit Run

from Bloomberg: In what may be another sign of consumer fatigue with political correctness, sales of furs–which plunged by a third in the 10 years ending in 1995 amid animal-rights protests–will climb about 15 percent to a record $2.1 billion this year, according to Fernandina Beach, Florida-based research firm Southwick Associates. “If you are fashion […]

Whatever Happened To Concern Over Real Issues, Like Poverty?

from Mich News: In recent years the words Share

One More Reason Bud Needs To Move On

from USA TODAY: The Center for Science in the Public Interest has a problem with Budweiser’s anti-Miller advertising. The ads in question feature beer-stealing football referees who lie to and run from police. “One can’t help wonder whether the ads also have some other message in mind, namely, that breaking the law and bamboozling law […]

Christopher Carfi Gets Real

Christopher Carfi has this to say about Real Networks: “How does a company that brutalizes customers, ruins desktops, forces actions, and bombards users with phony upgrade messages stay around? I personally have given up, written off, and completely exorcised Real from my online existence. The only time within recent memory that I’ve interacted with them […]

Cattlemen Bring Beef To Supreme Court

from Indianapolis Star: A food fight broke out at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, with justices considering whether the government can force ranchers and farmers to pay for ad campaigns with catchy phrases like Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” and billboards featuring milk mustaches on celebrities. Farmers are challenging the multimillion-dollar beef promotion program, saying […]

Ethical Standards? What Ethical Standards?

from Ad Age: Once again, ad agency executives can be thankful for car dealers. According to a new national poll, the image of advertising professionals has deteriorated in the last year when it comes to honesty and ethical standards. Only 10% of those polled by the Gallup Organization rated ad people’s ethics as “very high” […]