The pointy-headed, fringe left, windbags on the Star & Sickle editorial board aren’t letting the grass grow under their feet.
Woven into today’s batch of dog vomit is a crystal clear message: Alcohol is next.
Over the past several years, public-health efforts to reduce underage drinking have only managed to keep use rates flat. Now a new study shows little progress in reducing teens' viewing of alcohol ads, particularly as the ads move from broadcast TV to cable channels. [All of this means teens watch too much TV, right? Wrong.]
As in tobacco use, making a serious dent in underage drinking clearly requires a change in perceptions among young people about alcohol use. Any hope of successfully effecting such a change means:
• Public-health efforts to decrease alcohol's appeal to teens in the 12- to 17-year-old range must be stepped up and improved. [Tax increase alert]
• Efforts to curb access, through both law enforcement and parent-education programs, must be strengthened. [Another tax increase alert]
•Pressure on the alcohol industry to see that underage viewers aren't overexposed to alcohol advertising on cable TV should be increased and the industry assiduously monitored. [Increased taxes to pay for adding more regulations to an over-regulated industry]
The industry accurately responds that parents and peers have a strong influence on young people's attitudes and behavior when it comes to drinking. That's why public-health initiatives must target parents to make sure they're aware of strategies that research has shown to be most effective in delaying or avoiding teen alcohol use.
But the industry can't be let off the hook with that reasoning; its ads depicting a culture of camaraderie create the very climate of cool that parents have to combat. It must be held accountable for its prior pledges to reduce youth audiences -- and pressed to strengthen them in the future.
AAARRRGGGGGHHHHH! The industry can’t be let off the hook?
You people are certifiably insane and incredibly dangerous to the freedoms we enjoy.
Why don’t you start with the moron parents who use the TV as a babysitter? Then you can move on to those who allow their kids to watch the garbage that networks spew – on cable and traditional TV.
For these pricks to put the onus on, dare I say it, Big Alcohol while relegating parental responsibility to the penultimate paragraph is tantamount to saying, “It’s not your fault Primary Care Giver. You can’t be expected to raise your children in the face of the advertising juggernaut that is Big Alcohol. Stick with us and we’ll wage battle until government forces the evil, albeit perfectly legal, industry to follow its mandates or be run out of business.”
Are you so in love with government that you believe it should be used to solve all the problems in society? When will idiots who breed be held accountable for the way they raise their children?
Why do I have to pay because Mr. and Mrs. Knobhead let their rug rats watch any damn thing they want for fear that said rats will, heaven forbid, get upset.
I’m ready to support parent licensing and forced sterilization for those who fail the test.
And I’d like to volunteer the pointy-headed, fringe left, windbags on the Star & Sickle editorial board as the first to go through the process.
I’m sure they’ll go along with it.
After all, it’s for the children.