PBS Ombudsman Criticizes Drug Company Sponsorship
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/19/2007 1:57:00 AM
PBS ombudsman Michael Getler says he doesn't think PBS should have accepted a sponsorship from drug company GlaxoSmithKline for an obesity special airing next month.
Glaxo just got FDA approval for a new diet drug and the Center for Digital Democracy's Jeff Chester, who wrote to complain, is concerned the entire show could be seen as a plug for the company.
On the PBS Web site, Getler in response says that "even though GlaxoSmithKline came in late and, under PBS policy, has no say in any of the content, this kind of possible conflict can undermine credibility and, without knowing the financial details, doesn't seem worth it."
PBS has defended the show, saying "the sponsor credit for GlaxoSmithKline is a corporate image spot and does not mention any drug product, including those used to treat obesity. FAT: What No One is Telling You premieres April 11, 2007 on PBS."
Chester said in justification of PBS' accepting Glaxo's bribe in exchange for the airing of complementary content, "But in this case, there is little doubt how a program about obesity is going to turn out."
Yes, especially if you're only acknowledging the existence of arguments that come attached to a check. Whether an "obesity epidemic" even exists (most weight gain has been in the heaviest people, not in the general public), whether or not weight loss attempts create the weight gain & illnesses they purport to "treat", whether or not fatness is even a "disease" at all, as well as the ongoing hatred and exploitation of fat people and numerous deaths and illnesses related to medications and procedures sold as "cures" are all outstanding controversies that Chester conveniently avoids seeing through his haze of dismissive bigotry.
They're just fatsos. Who cares if they wind up killed by yet another weight loss attempt (with drugs or without), so long as PBS gets some cash?
Kell Brigan - 5/2/2007 1:25:00 PM EDT
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