Washington Focus

The slippery slope is real

Daniel L. Jaffe

Now that the Cold War is over, many politicians believe that the threat to America is from within our own borders. They point to music videos, to Jerry Springer and 'trash' talk TV, to cyberporn and the abuse of drugs, tobacco and alcohol as symptoms of cultural erosion. Increasingly, they blame media and advertising for our social ills.

The Left and the Right agree on little, other than that our children need more protection.

The American Medical Association has alleged, for example, that from alcohol abuse to youth violence, to teen pregnancy, to obesity, to less communication within the home, the media, and particularly television, should take the blame.

But if the media is so dangerous, apparently, so is advertising. As for Representative Ed Markey is fond of pointing out: 'He who has the gold makes the rules.'