SNL Takes Shot At HFCS Commercials
Since it first aired in the 1970’s Saturday Night Live has tackled issues the regular media won’t touch. From time to time they have also been guilty of trading their ethics in order to advance their personal political agendas (especially the past four or five years). But they still occasionally take on “the man” on controversial issues.
Recently SNL spoofed those highly unethical Sweet Surprise disinformation commercials the folks at the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) lobby put together in an attempt to confuse the general public about the ever increasing dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (aka HFCS, aka Corn Syrup). This is not only a big deal because it is the first real attention the national media has given to the issue but also because it seems to buck at SNL’s recent trend of blindly supporting the Obama Administration regardless of its obvious failures in certain areas.
You see, Monsanto and other large agribusiness companies (the ones who profit from HFCS) were among the largest contributors to the Obama candidacy. In return for their financial backing they were rewarded by getting to put their own people in charge of the government agencies that are charged with regulating them. The number of agribusiness lobbyists now operating within this administration is staggering with the two most notable moles being USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and FDA Food Czar Michael Taylor. The result is that neither department can be considered reliable anymore.
I was recently at an event with a number of food writers. Most worked directly for large publications. They related tales of how food writers were being harassed by Sweet Surprise anytime they wrote something unflattering about HFCS. If they wrote an opinion column they were hit with libel suits. If they dared to publish any of the mountains of scientific research that reveals the truth about HFCS they are getting buried with cease and desist orders and other frivolous ligation.
From a legal standpoint none of these suits have a leg to stand on. Opinion columns (like this one) are just that, a statement of opinion and are Constitutionally protected. And it has never been a crime to print scientific results. That isn’t the point, CRA knows they don’t stand a chance of winning any of these suits. The point is to harass the parent organizations into telling their food writers to just leave well enough alone. It is litigious terrorism.
Well, chalk one up for the good guys: