TOO FAR? Sherwin-Williams is being sued for 100-year-old ads featuring lead paint

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Judges in California have ordered Sherwin-Williams, the paint company, to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for dangerous advertising. Some of their advertisements were for products that included lead paint. Lead paint was banned in 1977, and for good reason. So it's fair to say that a company shouldn't be advertising a product that's dangerous to the public.

That's not what's happening here, though.

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Sherwin-Williams stopped making lead paint in 1943. That's 34 years before it was banned. The judges are basing charges against Sherwin-Williams on ads that ran in the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union... in 1904. That's over a century ago.

It's good that companies be held accountable for dangerous or misleading advertising, but this feels like reaching. The scientific proof didn't exist yet. If the science didn't exist, there certainly weren't any laws regarding lead in paint. Remember when kids used to put plastic bags over their heads and play astronaut? We didn't know any better. So it would be a little ridiculous to start fining plastic companies now for something so retroactive.

Should we go back and sue car companies for advertising cars without seat belts?

A better example is seat belts. Cars had been around for a while before empirical evidence came out in favor of using the seat belts. Seat belts weren't even mandatory in cars until 1968. People weren't required to use them until even later. Should we go back and sue car companies for advertising cars without seat belts?

Dan Jaffe, executive vice president of government relations for the Association of National Advertisers, a trade group of marketers that filed a brief in support of Sherwin-Williams, said, "You can't demand companies to have clairvoyance. It's the precedent we're concerned about. We believe that what they're doing in regard to Sherwin-Williams certainly would apply to many other categories."

This boils down to the balance between Justice and Mercy, a concept I go over in my new book, Addicted to Outrage:

Justice meaning if you break the law or cut in line, you are punished, corrected… Justice is essential in society. Without it, civilizations break down. But it also must be balanced by mercy or the state devolves into a communistic, Stalinist state.

How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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