January 26th, 2005
A Sign of Despair from the Ad Industry
By Gary Ruskin
The Wall Street Journal reports today that General Mills, Kraft, Kellogg and some ad groups have founded the Alliance for American Advertising, to stand up for corporations supposed “right” to advertise to children.This is good news. It’s a sign that our movement is growing stronger. The industries are greatly worried that limits on the advertising of junk food may eventually lead to broader limits on marketing to children and restrictions on the speech “rights” of corporations, including their supposed “rights” to do telemarketing, to spam, and to advertise tobacco, gambling and pharmaceutical drugs.This is one of the clearest signs of the crumbling of the commercial speech doctrine.