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REST OF THE STORY: Anti-Happy Meal ‘Mom’ Is Also a Big Gov’t Bureaucrat

Money Parham is a proud foot soldier in the lunatic fringe's crusade to prohibit parents from determining what's best for their kids to eat. Send her an email: monet.parham-lee@cdph.ca.gov

Monet Parham is a proud foot soldier in big government's crusade to prohibit parents from determining what's best for their kids to eat. Send her an email: monet.parham-lee@cdph.ca.gov

While countless media outlets continue to herald a ‘mother of two children’ who jointly filed a class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s intended to force a nationwide ban on Happy Meal toys, one big fact is ominously missing from most, if not all, news stories: Monet Parham is also an overzealous food cop employed by the California Department of Public Health.

Overlawyered.com’s Walter Olsen writes in the NY Daily News that Parham is anything buy a “random (if oddly well-informed) California mom,” as reporters interviewing her insist. He and fellow blogger Ira Stoll reveal that Parham “works on a federally funded program that campaigns to exhort people to eat their vegetables and that sort of thing.”

Stoll notes that in wake of her participation in the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s lawsuit against McDonald’s, Parham’s name “has been scrubbed from the website of Champions for Change, the Network for a Healthy California.” Despite attempts to preserve her identity as just ‘some ordinary mom,’ Parham’s participation in so-called ‘health eating’ conferences is still in plain sight (be quick before that disappears, too).

“She presents herself as an ordinary mother. She is not,” Olsen says. “She is an advocate, and an employee of a California agency tasked with advocating the eating of vegetables. To the extent that Monet Parham-Lee has EVER taken her daughter to a McDonald’s, she should have known better.”

Here’s a look at how the major media outlets are describing Parham. Some reporters have clearly and cleverly been duped by Parham while other ‘journalists’ are complicit in portraying her as an innocent mom whose two young children have been victimized by a greedy corporate food giant and its mind-controlling two-cent trinkets:

  • California mom Monet Parham” — San Francisco Chronicle
  • A California mother” — Washington Post
  • [P]arent Monet Parham” — CNN
  • Monet Parham, a 41-year-old mother of two” — TIME
  • Co-plaintiff Monet Parham, a Sacramento, Calif., mother of two” — Chicago Tribune [via Salt Lake Tribune]
  • A California mother of two” — NPR
  • [A] Sacramento mother of two” — Los Angeles Times
  • A Sacramento mother” — Wall Street Journal
  • Monet Parham, a mother of two” — UPI
  • [S]ome poor patsy of a mother” — NY Post (Nice try, but you still got duped!)
  • Got some words of advice for Monet Parham? Send her an email: monet.parham-lee@cdph.ca.gov

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    Food Alarmists Cry Wolf Again, Target “Big Soda”

    CSPI's Michael Jacobson will save you from yourself!

    CSPI's Michael Jacobson will save you from yourself!

    Taking a short break from fear mongering about the supposed threat toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals pose to children’s waistlines, the food cops at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) are pointing their fingers at the soft drink industry for “promot[ing] expensive and debilitating diseases” among low-income Americans.

    According to CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., “The federal government should be doing everything it can to reduce soda consumption, not encouraging it.” He has a beef with Americans using food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened and carbonated drinks, and wants the feds to, basically, mandate they can only purchase water and milk under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as “food stamps”).

    “Already among the least expensive foods in the supermarket,” Jacobson says, “these drinks are nutritionally worthless and promote obesity, diabetes and other diseases that have a disproportionate impact on low-income Americans.”

    The CSPI has long been a vocal opponent of sugar-sweetened and carbonated beverages, stopping at nothing — including fudging the statistics — to demonize the industry it calls “Big Soda,” notes the Center for Consumer Freedom, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices.

    “In 1998 CSPI issued a report titled ‘Liquid Candy,’ which claimed that some teenagers get up to 25 percent of their calories from soda. Just one week later, following massive media attention, CSPI admitted that it had overstated its figures by a whopping 100 percent. In fact, American boys drink less than half the amount of soft drinks initially claimed by CSPI’s flawed report,” the Center for Consumer Freedom reveals on its website CSPIscam.com. “While CSPI quietly made the correction (after the media fracas died down), it still heavily promotes its ‘liquid candy’ report, using it as the basis of its efforts to ban soda from schools and slap extra taxes on all things fizzy and sweet.”

    Proving the CCF’s point about the CSPI wanting to tax soft drinks out of consumers’ reach Jacobson concludes his rant stating, “This is a product–and an industry–that needs to be taxed, not subsidized.” Of course, it’s a heck of a lot easier for the CSPI to achieve its goal of financially strangling “Big Soda” by getting Congress to prevent 43 million Americans from using their food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened and carbonated beverages than trying to convince American consumers as a whole to make the switch to water and milk.

    The CCF has an abundance of articles and fact sheets on its website disproving the CSPI’s countless myths that soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages cause obesity, all backed-up by sound science and verifiable sources. A November 5, 2009 CCF press release states, “A wealth of academic research casts serious doubt on whether there is any link between soda and obesity. A review last year [2008] evaluated the evidence of 12 studies and found virtually no association between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and children’s weight.”

    Don’t fall victim to junk science promoted as fact that is used by radical special interest groups like the CSPI to scare your elected representatives in to making erroneous decisions that affect your ability to make choices about the food and beverages you consume. Educate yourself and share your knowledge of the truth with policy makers who are being prescribed bad medicine by quack doctors like the CSPI’s Michael Jacobson.

    Learn more about the CSPI’s radical anti-consumer agenda from these trusted sources (we’ve provided links to their online archives for articles related to ‘CSPI’):
    Nanny State Liberation Front
    American Council on Science and Health
    Center for Consumer Freedom

    Additional websites exposing CSPI lies and myths:
    Free to Choose Our Meals
    CSPIscam
    Activist Cash
    Ron Arnold’s Left Tracking Library
    Fat Head

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