Against the Grain


Tonight on ABC's Primetime Monday, Peter Jennings will explain "how government policies and food industry practices are helping to make Americans fat." It's not a good sign that John Banzhaf, a leading advocate of fast food lawsuits (and, more generally, of suing our way to a better world), is pleased with Jennings' take on obesity. But at least Jennings is criticizing farm subsidies. Even if they don't have much to do with why Americans are getting fatter (and I suspect they don't), it can't hurt to have another argument against them with leftward appeal. Indeed, it's a bit odd to see the Media Research Council's Free Market Project attack Jennings for attacking farm subsidies.