McDonald's Junk Food and Junk News
McDonald's Sinister Relationship with Fox News
Last February, while driving back to Milwaukee after protesting at the Capital in Madison, My fellow protesters and I stopped at the McDonalds in Lake Mills. The TV in McDonalds was tunes to Fox News, so I took it upon myself to change the channel to get some real news. To my dismay the McDonald's TV was programmed to only view Fox News. Thats right! No alternatives were even technically available. My fellow protesters were rightly upset but spent our time on other issues, such as the recall. This morning, March 8, 2012, my wife and I visited the McDonalds in Greenfield near Highway 100 and Layton. Again, over a year later at a McDonald's sixty miles from Lake Mills, only Fox news was available for viewing. My wife politely asked one of the workers to change the channel. She said that she could not, that Fox was the only channel available.
The plot thickens
According to Alec Exposed, Ed Conklin, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs for McDonald's, represents McDonald's on the Executive Committee of the American legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC's) Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force.
A Reminder from ALEC Exposed
"ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at ALECexposed.org.”
Impact of FOX Monopoly on McDonald's customers.
In my morning visits to the McDonald's restaurants I have been dismayed by the harshly conservative and mean spirited dialogue among the patrons, especially the elderly. These are the very people that are being hurt and will continue to be hurt by the politics of greed as displayed by Scott Walker and Paul Ryan. Remember, these senior citizens were children and adults in this country while the “fairness doctrine” was still in affect. When Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. They are in the habit of trusting folks who looked like them on TV. FOX delivers the impression of news the same way McDonald's delivers the impression of food. The difference is when we polluting our bodies with junk food we are damaging our bodies, when we are polluting our minds with Junk news we are damaging our souls.
This is no Accident
McDonald's was one of approximately ninety advertisers who boycotted the liberal radio network, Air America. That's right, they refused to advertize on liberal radio (which they have a right to do) but they force their customers to watch conservative TV, mean-spirited conservative TV.
What can you do?
Pay attention. If your local McDonald's has a TV, check if there are multiple channel choices. If it is on Fox, ask to have it changed. If they will not, or can not, cancel your order, let them know that you will not return until they change their policy and post the location with a warning on any or all of Wisconsin's liberal blogs.
A Corporate Plutonomy is harder to fight than a Monarchy because they have so many more tools with which to undermine the power of the citizens.