May 9, 2012

NBC: OBESITY ‘NO LONGER A QUESTION OF INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY,’ GOVERNMENT MUST ACT: At Newsbusters, Kyle Drennen writes:

Touting new recommendations from an Institute of Medicine panel on obesity on Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, science correspondent Robert Bazell proclaimed to viewers: “…a sea change in how we perceive obesity. No longer a question of individual responsibility, but a need to change what’s called an ‘obesity-promoting environment.’ Calling on corporations, government and individuals to act.”

NBC itself is in a perfect position to do so, by refusing all advertising from beer manufacturers, fast-food retailers and junk food purveyors. Not to mention banning coverage of sporting events where these products are sold by concessionaires. Think they’ll do so? Well, much like the wealthy who call on the IRS to raise their taxes, and yet refuse to voluntarily mail in larger checks, I don’t recall the network stopped airing Sunday Night Football games in klieg light-illuminated stadiums in addition to calling on individuals to turn their household lights off at the peak of the global warming scare of 2007…

RELATED: Good Grief! Obama Food Czar Now Making National Security Speeches.

MORE: In contrast to NBC’s corporatism, Massachusetts House overturns school bake sale ban:

The Herald first broke the story about the new school nutritional requirements, which go into effect in August. Since then, the news has fueled a nationwide debate about the role schools should play in battling childhood obesity, which supporters have said is an epidemic threatening to shorten the lives of the country’s youngest generation.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper mocked the rules on his primetime show earlier this week.

When you’ve lost a legendary gourmand like Anderson Cooper…

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