Veggie Tales

4:00 PM –- A Philter source in Washington D.C. says the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is "probably not" going to serve doughnuts at an upcoming briefing on childhood obesity. "They usually don't put out a spread for press conferences," the source says, adding that he hasn't really paid attention to "that kind of thing" because "I don't eat sweets nearly as often since I started smoking."

Oh, my.

Here's the press conference notice, in case you didn't get it:

Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin and FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate have scheduled a press conference on Wednesday, September 27 to announce the formation of a Joint Task Force, “Media and Childhood Obesity: Today and Tomorrow.”

The Joint Task Force will examine the impact of media and advertising on children's health in a series of meetings with representatives of children's programming and the food marketing industry, consumer advocates, children's health experts and government officials.

Some members of the Task Force who are scheduled to attend include Lanier Swann of the Beverly LaHaye Institute, Patti Miller of Children Now, Susan Fox of Disney and Tim Winter of the Parents Television Council.

Who: Senator Sam Brownback
FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin
FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate

What: Press conference announcing joint task force on "Media and Childhood Obesity"
When: 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Where: US Capitol, Room SC-6

So the folks heading this up include the FCC, the Parents Television Council, and Sen. Brownback? Well, let the no-fun begin. Will Tony the Tiger be required to say, "They're Grrreeat! But Very High in Complex Carbs" when pitching Kellogg's Frosted Flakes? Will they discontinue Capt'n Crunch, in its place, have Christ himself push a cereal called "King of Kings"?

The possiblities, as they say, are endless (and a bit nauseating).

For the record: The FCC didn't respond to an email inquiry about the press conference refreshment plans.

— Phil Harvey, Always Boil Your Spinach Editor, Light Reading

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