Thursday, July 11, 2013

NBC news has it about 5% right

Today on the NBC morning show, there was a teaser on the TV as I was walking past it.  Matt Lauer stated that drinking "diet soda" might not help you lose weight.  I sat down and watched the huge collection of commercials blasting at my sensibilities endlessly.  Another reason I don't watch television much anymore.  As I waited, I had my phone and a wifi, so I looked up this guy.  Matt Lauer, a whole lot of websites about him getting removed from work some other piece of fluff named Ann Curry.  That was pretty boring as well so I looked up anything about NBC and diet soda.  Hmmmm. links to heart disease, statements about how it is as bad for our teeth as a meth addiction, and this site, (Diet Soda Today) and lists 7 side effects of drinking diet soda.

This page of the Today Health website is dated Oct. 19, 2012.  I think, not 100% sure, but I believe that this info on the website never goes on the TV show itself.  Pretty sure it wouldn't be on TV, because if it was, then I think that most of the advertising would be pulled.  That's how big businesses control the media.  It remains to be seen what will happen from today's 20 second blip on how diet soda distorts the sweet sensors in the brain and makes you crave sweets.  Thus making you gain weight not lose it.

That was it.  No real information.

I know that it was a risk for NBC to actually put anything negative on the airwaves about any multi-billion dollar product the way they did; NBC is afterall, a business.  The partial information that is on the page listed above is a start, and I would think, a real sore spot to advertisers.  Diet soda makers don't want anything bad said about their product.  EVER.  That's why it was so shocking to see Matt Lauer not talking about the latest antics of Justin Beaver peeing in a mop bucket, or him doing the unthinkable and standing on the Blackhawk's logo; or any other teenybobber absurdity that seems to dominate the news.  For reasons that I can't understand.  Or care to.  Not much in the way of real news is covered by the networks, just a lot of fluff. But today, Matt and the producers of the Today show stated that diet soda might not help you lose weight.

Are the producers testing the waters, are they trying to see what they can get away with before advertisers run screaming?  Wouldn't it be nice if they just pull out all the stops and just go for it, broadcast all the research about aspartame and how it has been shown to cause cancer, kidney disease, migraines, obesity, death.  If NBC did it, then ABC and CBS and who knows, Fox too; then where would big businesses go to advertise?  And would they actually think that the majority of the consumers would change their buying habits because of one news report about the toxicity of their product?

No, people are sheep, they get into habits and truth will not change their ways.  Sad but true.  There are some people that will listen, but those are the ones that eat a healthy diet already.  As long as the government tells them that food manufacturers have a green light on making toxic foods, most people trust their leaders.  WOW, isn't that a sad sad thing.

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