First, Mike Brzezinski warned America that they were going to be killed by the poison known as sugary drinks. Then Bloomberg went on David Letterman, where the late night host blamed the corporate food industry over the individual. And, unsurprisingly, MSNBC dedicated non-stop coverage to Bloomberg’s progressive agenda, even though Starbucks, a huge sponsor for the network, was responsible for getting the ban overturned.
Glenn kicked off the segment on radio this morning discussing Bloomberg’s appearance on Letterman.
“For the first time in the history of the world, more people will die from over-eating than under-eating this year,” Bloomberg said. “I think it is incumbent on government to tell people what they’re doing to themselves and then let people make their own decisions. So our job is to educate people.”
Letterman chimed in, “I believe it’s the corporate food industry not the individual weight is at at fault here.”
The radio crew could not believe the comments.
“The minions in the audience applauded like a bunch of lemmings. That’s right. It’s the corporate food industry. Not individuals who’re actually grabbing the food and shoving it down their fat faces all day long,” Pat said.
Glenn was frustrated that media elites like Letterman are quick to blame thirty-second commercials for fast food for causing people to go out and drink soda, but those same Hollywood icons refuse to make the connection between violence in film and violence in real life.
Watch the Letterman segment below:
Of course, nothing could beat MSNBC’s non-stop coverage. But as Glenn pointed out, it was ironically MSNBC sponsor Starbucks that vocally opposed the ban and made no efforts to go along with it.
The challenge was brought by the American Beverage Association (otherwise known as Big Soda) and others. The judge called the rule arbitrary and capricious. “The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose,” New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote.
Many smaller businesses, as well as McDonald’s (MCD) and Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN), had been prepared to follow the new restrictions. Not Starbucks (SBUX), though.
The company, which was not part of the lawsuit, made it clear last week that amid confusion and uncertainty surrounding the new rule, it wasn’t making any immediate menu changes. A spokeswoman said that many of Starbucks’s milky and custom-made drinks might be exempt. The lawsuit was already underway. There would be a three-month grace period before the city would impose fines. Why rush?