Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sick Children And Dead Animals
On the Nov. 20 Nightly News, the "Making A Difference" segment was about children in a South Dakota hospital who watch zoo animals on a special closed circuit TV channel in their hospital rooms. (Let's forget about the fact that Nightly News is once again exploiting sick children to get ratings in yet another tear-jerker MAD segment.) The segment was sponsored by Beano, a GlaxoSmithKline product. Glaxo is one of the world's largest utilizers of animal testing. Does anyone from Nightly News want to tell the kids that the segment about them was sponsored by a company that kills lots of animals? Is anyone at Nightly News paying attention to the relationship between their stories and the sponsors who pay for them?