Star-struck

The Washington Times Weekly - - NATIONAL -

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.”

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