McDonalds has decided to end its “food prize” program, using report cards to promote free Happy Meals as rewards for Seminole County, FL elementary students with good grades. When a parent recently complained about it to an activist organization, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the sponsorship grabbed national and international attention amid controversy over the obesity and junk food diets, reports The New York Times.
The Consumerist writes that critics charged McDonalds with “seeking a backdoor way to infiltrate kid's minds after agreeing, amidst the obesity epidemic furor, to stop all advertising aimed at children under 12.”
Sounds like the Happy Meal haters could also be lobbyists against the tobacco industry…
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour bashes Hillary Clinton's decision to back out of a Fall photo shoot for fear of appearing too feminine. In her February editor's letter, she writes, "Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female president hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine. The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying..."
Voxonic has chosen rapper Prodigy's new album, to be released in March, to unveil its new speech conversion software that can deliver an artist's lyrics in his own voice, in any spoken language. Wired reports that Voxonic president picked Prodigy for the project because of the rapper's global appeal.
In an effort to educate people about their cause, Racine County's Wisconsin Right to Life branch mailed 44,000 plastic fetuses to residents in and around the county. The packages, also containing an informational letter and fundraising envelope, were not well received by many residents in the area who were offended by the controversial material.
TVNewser reports that for the second consecutive year, Fox News Sunday has generated more press coverage in the major newspapers than other Sunday shows.