As expected, reaction from Capitol Hill on word that Uncle Sam is spending your hard-earned tax dollars — more than $500,000 annually — on a “Hollywood health office.”
“The purpose of this effort is not to advocate or promote healthy lifestyles, but rather ensure that fictional television dramas and soap operas provide accurate information,” relays Roland Foster, aide to Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. “For example, it made employees at the [federal] agencies ‘cringe’ when epidemic detective work on a TV show was conducted by [National Institutes of Health] rather than [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].
“So, TV viewers can now be assured that the violence, Hollywood lifestyles and other unhealthy behaviors that saturate television programs are portrayed in a more factually accurate manner.”
As for Hollywood not footing the bill, Mr. Foster opines that the entertainment industry “apparently isn’t making enough money to fund its own research.”