As I type, multi-chinned apparatchik Dan Glickman of the Motion Picture Association of America is declaiming the overabundance of fatty foods on TV, especially kids TV. To his credit, Glickman says censorship isn't the answer, but that "we" all need to do our parts to prevent images of smoking and especially eating from warping kids.
And now a woman from a group funded by the tobacco company lawsuits is attacking smoking in movies.
And now a doctor is inveighing against advertisements for fatty foods.
Let's be clear: Whatever legislative rules do or do not come out such hearings, they are a waste of time, at least in a place prides itself on being the land of the free.
Btw, does movie smoking cause real-world smoking? No.
Does violence in movies cause real-world violence? No.
The upside of all this? If Congress is wasting its time on this sort of crap, they can't be pushing idiotic, unenforceable, and counterproductive immigration laws.
These hearings are brought to you by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who often appears in pandering publicity shots with his longtime, and equally annoying, companion, Clifford the Big Red Dog, whose BMI can't be healthy. Is it just me, or are these guys the J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson of media killjoys?