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Apr 20, 2011 Colt 45's fruit flavored Blast drink comes under fire

QUOTE: “Colt 45 makers are raising the alcohol level from the already high 6% to the even higher 12%, and enticing young people with hip hop themes and lollipop flavors…" Porter said the company is "expanding its market with our children."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 20, 2011 In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers

QUOTE: companies, often selling sugar cereals and junk food, are using multimedia games, online quizzes and cellphone apps to build deep ties with young consumers...When these tactics revolve around food, and blur the line between advertising and entertainment, they are a source of intensifying concern for nutrition experts and children’s advocates — and are attracting scrutiny from regulators.

New York Times
Oct 23, 2009 Sweet Spot: How Sugary Cereal Makers Target Kids

QUOTE: Obesity researchers for the first time have hard data proving that the least healthy cereals are the ones marketed most aggressively to children.

Time Magazine
Jul 17, 2009 New Zealand moves forward with child porn filtering system

QUOTE: The blacklist currently contains 7,000 salacious websites that the [New Zealand] government claims serve up child porn, but there's no way to verify this claim because the list remains under tight lock and key.

Ars Technica
Feb 12, 2009 The New Book Banning: Children’s books burn, courtesy of the federal government

QUOTE: the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute.

City Journal
Nov 15, 2008 Online Age Verification for Children Brings Privacy Worries

QUOTE: performing so-called age verification for children is fraught with challenges....Child-safety activists charge that some of the age-verification firms want to help Internet companies tailor ads for children. They say these firms are substituting one exaggerated threat — the menace of online sex predators — with a far more pervasive danger from online marketers like junk food and toy companies...

New York Times
Apr 01, 2008 In Gaza, Hamas’s Insults to Jews Complicate Peace

QUOTE: Such incitement against Israel and Jews was supposed to be banned under the 1993 Oslo accords and the 2003 “road map” peace plan. While the Palestinian Authority under Fatah has made significant, if imperfect efforts to end incitement, Hamas, no party to those agreements, feels no such restraint.

New York Times
Mar 13, 2008 Advertising: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests

QUOTE: The coalition, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, several pediatricians and Parents for Ethical Marketing, is asking the hospital to reconsider the decision made in June 2006 to accept the donation [from Abercrombie & Fitch}...“It is troubling that a children’s hospital would name its emergency room after a company that routinely relies on highly sexualized marketing to target teens and preteens,” the members of the coalition wrote...

New York Times
Sep 01, 2007 Young Fliers See the Film, Be It PG or R

QUOTE: Critics say their anger comes as airlines, eager to cater to current tastes and acceding to more permissive standards for the entertainment media, have relaxed their rules for what they show.

New York Times
Jun 18, 2007 Pigs With Cellphones, but No Condoms

QUOTE: Representatives for both Fox and CBS confirmed that they had refused the [Trojan] ads ....“It’s so hypocritical for any network in this culture to go all puritanical on the subject of condom use when their programming is so salacious,” said Mark Crispin Miller, a media critic who teaches at New York University.

New York Times
May 18, 2007 Online Ad Legislation: Too Much or Not Enough?

QUOTE: Are current regulations adequate to protect consumer interests online while permitting informative, effective campaigns? The question ranges far beyond just children's interests. Consider alcohol, tobacco, drugs, automobiles, gambling, adult entertainment, finances, housing, and employment. All these sectors are subject to regulations governing how they can advertise products and services. The Web brings special considerations into the equation.
May 17, 2007 Is Online Marketing Making Kids Obese? A new study highlights ways companies use the Web to promote unhealthy foods to youngsters and asks regulators to step in

QUOTE: The report's authors suggest that a rise in such marketing on sites where kids are spending larger chunks of time is contributing to childhood obesity and diet-related health problems by encouraging kids to make poor food choices.

May 12, 2007 Google may use games to analyse net users: Players' behaviour could be used by advertisers: Tracking idea disturbs privacy campaigners

QUOTE: Internet giant Google has drawn up plans to compile psychological profiles of millions of web users by covertly monitoring the way they play online games. The company thinks it can glean information about an individual's preferences and personality type by tracking their online behaviour, which could then be sold to advertisers.

Guardian Unlimited
Apr 25, 2007 Should Game Ads Be Censored?: It's not just mature rated games that are being targeted by concerned parties such as the Parents Television Council. It's their advertising, too

QUOTE: It shouldn't come as a surprise then that commercials have become the latest target by those looking to keep mature rated titles out of the hands of children. After all, if children never hear about these "M" rated titles, they're obviously not going purchase them. Certain organizations have taken these thoughts to heart, and have tried to have ads for "M" rated banned from public transit systems.

Feb 24, 2007 Record Fine Expected for Univision

QUOTE: It also represents an unusually aggressive enforcement of the 1996 regulations that interpreted the Children’s Television Act. Those regulations, adopted after some broadcasters characterized cartoons like “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons” to be educational programs, imposed more substantive requirements on the networks as they comply with the mandate to broadcast at least three hours a week of programs of intellectual value to young people.

New York Times
Jan 02, 2007 Young Turn to Web Sites Without Rules

QUOTE: new Web sites like, which is building a business by going where others fear to tread: into the realm of unfiltered live broadcasts from Web cameras.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 New Limits Set Over Marketing for Cigarettes

QUOTE: A federal judge ordered strict new limitations on tobacco marketing on Thursday after finding that cigarette makers deserved to be punished for a decades-old conspiracy to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking.

New York Times
Jun 04, 2006 The Next Niche: School Bus Ads: Mass. Firm's Radio Program Promises Sales With Safer Ride

QUOTE: "They are using traditional media to reach kids in an environment that up to now has been pretty noncommercial." And that...could make the concept controversial, especially at a time when a growing number of health professionals and government officials are calling for restrictions on marketing products--particularly junk food--to children.

Washington Post
May 17, 2006 MPAA Rates Poster an F: Documentary Ad's Image of Guantanamo Prisoner Abuse Deemed Inappropriate

QUOTE: The Motion Picture Association of America has censored a poster advertising a film about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..."The reason given was that the burlap bag over the guy's head was depicting torture, which wasn't appropriate for children to see,"

Washington Post
May 03, 2006 Restraint Urged In Junk-Food Ads Aimed at Kids

QUOTE: In a jointly released report on food marketing and obesity, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission said the industries should voluntarily set minimum nutrition standards for foods that can be marketed to children.

Washington Post
Apr 16, 2006 TV Networks Sue to Challenge F.C.C.'s Indecency Penalties

QUOTE: "The F.C.C. overstepped its authority," the networks said in a joint statement Friday, "in an attempt to regulate content protected by the First Amendment, acted arbitrary and failed to provide broadcasters with a clear and consistent standard for determining what content the government intends to penalize."

New York Times
Mar 29, 2006 Advertising: Critics Say Beer Spots Exploit Loopholes

QUOTE: Several consumer groups say that the voluntary standards set up by the Beer Institute, an industry trade group, are little more than a public relations ploy and do not go far enough in trying to cut down on beer ads seen by people under 21.

New York Times
Oct 06, 2005 Kids' Television Rules Face Challenge: Viacom, Disney Oppose the FCC's New Guidelines

QUOTE: The new FCC rules would extend the children's programming requirements to those new channels, something the major entertainment companies are resisting... The rules also would limit the amount of time broadcasters can put commercial Web addresses on the screen... the rules would limit broadcasters' ability to pre-empt educational programming for things such as sporting events.

Washington Post
May 31, 2005 Today's yearbooks raise eyebrows

QUOTE: Thanks to the First Amendment and court rulings, students have significant rights to control the content of yearbooks, just as they have the power to tackle a variety of issues in school newspapers.

Christian Science Monitor
May 24, 2005 Critics take aim at 'Star Wars' meals: Report: Group wants Burger King to pull movie-themed children's meals due to film's PG-13 rating.

QUOTE: ...Dove Foundation is urging Burger King to pull the "Star Wars"-themed Kids Meals from its restaurants because the film is not appropriate for the meals' target market of children ages 4 to 9.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 27, 2005 PBS's 'Buster' Gets An Education

QUOTE: Spellings, who has been charged with the difficult task of fixing the nation's troubled public education system, took time out on her second day on the job to fire off a letter to PBS CEO Pat Mitchell expressing "strong and very serious concerns" about the "Postcards From Buster" episode. Specifically that, in the episode, called "Sugartime!," the animated asthmatic little bunny visits Vermont and meets actual, real-live, not make-believe children there who have gay parents.

Washington Post
Feb 18, 2004 Covering Carlie: A News Director's Perspective

QUOTE: Some critics believe the media exploited Carlie Brucia. We ran the video of her kidnapping morning, noon, and night, well past the point of good taste and sensitivity.

Poynter Online
Mar 18, 2003 U.S. Seeks $289 Billion in Cigarette Makers' Profits

QUOTE: the Justice Department asserts...that the major cigarette companies are running what amounts to a criminal enterprise by manipulating nicotine levels, lying to their customers about the dangers of tobacco and directing their multibillion-dollar advertising campaigns at children.

New York Times
Mar 10, 2003 Study links violent TV, later aggression: A group at the University of Michigan tracked children and found apparent results.

QUOTE: Children who watch a lot of violent television are more apt to be aggressive in young adulthood, doing such things as physically attacking someone or throwing things at their spouses.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Jan 28, 2003 'Sopranos' Scenario in Slaying?

QUOTE: One of two arrested sons allegedly says that after killing their mother, they used an idea from the TV show and cut off her head and hands.

Los Angeles Times
Jan 16, 2003 Parents sue after son's nudity

QUOTE: Charles and Laura Jaramillo of West Chester have sued Brandon Margera, Jackass Productions, CKY2K Inc. and MTV Networks, alleging that the producers had no right to include their son in a commercial enterprise.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Aug 20, 2002 Planned Mini-Series on Hitler's Early Life Brings Criticism

QUOTE: Can a four-hour CBS mini-series based on the early life of Hitler accurately depict his monstrousness? ...To the project's critics...the very idea of a drama about Hitler's youth is appalling...

New York Times
Dec 18, 2001 NBC's Drinking Problem

QUOTE: General Electric's NBC subsidiary became the first corporation to hit the bottle, ending more than 50 years of sobriety to self-medicate its bottom line with millions of dollars of TV commercials for hard liquor.It is attempting to dress its decision in the sheep's wool of responsibility...

Washington Post
Dec 15, 2001 Supersize Country

QUOTE: ...changing America's fat-producing environment is going to take government help -- such as requiring all chain restaurants and fast-food outlets to prominently display the calorie and fat content of their foods; subsidizing the price of fruits and vegetables;...

Washington Post