November 22, 2012 - Huffington Post - Jonathan Greenberg
THE ETHICS OF ADVERTISING
The big problem that we, the American People, now have is that big money has come to dictate political speech in America. Like a cancer spreading across our nation's body politic, the mega-corporate financing of deceptive TV ad campaigns has become the predominant manner in which a majority of voters are "educated." Or, more frequently, mis-educated.
The populist campaign to label genetically modified food was successfully Swift-Boated by Monsanto and the largest pesticide and junk food companies on earth. Outspent by$45 million to $7 million. Our consumer movement made the costly mistake of arming itself with peace signs and love beads for what turned out to be a gunfight with a ruthless, assault rifle-equipped enemy.
What can we do about it? We can learn from our mistakes for the next necessary round in our struggle for food safety and environmentally responsible agriculture....