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Inquisition of the Airwaves

In the run-up to the election last fall, religious conservatives intensified their campaign to censor “obscene and indecent broadcasts” on television and radio. Constant nagging from groups such as Parents Television Council, Family Research Council and Morality in Media met with success: The FCC slapped fines on CBS for an insipid Super Bowl half-time show […]

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The FDA: Corporate Stooge or Coercive Stodge?

In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle, the Food and Drug Act was passed, and the FDA was born. Founded on the premise that consumers can’t distinguish between a bottle of cough medicine and poison–or between a scientific drug study and an advertisement for a miracle cure–the Food and Drug Administration was meant to protect […]