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McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald
Wall Stret Journal ^

Posted on 05/18/2011 10:40:13 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald By JULIE JARGON

More than 550 health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald's Corp. asking the maker of Happy Meals to stop marketing junk food to kids and retire Ronald McDonald.

The letter, slated to run in the form of full-page ads in six metropolitan newspapers around the country on Wednesday, acknowledges that "the contributors to today's (health) epidemic are manifold and a broad societal response is required. But marketing can no longer be ignored as a significant part of this massive problem."

"We are committed to responsible advertising and take our communications to children very seriously," McDonald's said in a statement. "We understand the importance of children's health and nutrition, and are committed to being part of the dialogue and solution. We serve high quality food, and our Happy Meals offer choice and variety in portions just for kids. Parents tell us they appreciate our Happy Meal choices."

The campaign is organized by the nonprofit watchdog group Corporate Accountability International, which has also targeted tobacco companies and beverage makers like Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. for the environmental impact of plastic bottles.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; cai; fastfood; foodnazis; foodpolice; happymeals; lawsuit; mascot; mcdonalds; nannystate; napl; ronaldmcdonald
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1 posted on 05/18/2011 10:40:17 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Do they want Ronald McDonald Houses closed as well?


2 posted on 05/18/2011 10:42:47 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Corporate Accountability International” International, eh? How much money do they get from $ORO$???


3 posted on 05/18/2011 10:43:02 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Sub-Driver

4 posted on 05/18/2011 10:43:02 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Sub-Driver

Coulrophobes everywhere rejoice.
Down with clowns!


5 posted on 05/18/2011 10:43:02 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (America is in dire distress and nobody is lifting a finger except to strike the keyboard.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Get out of town before sundown, clown...................

6 posted on 05/18/2011 10:43:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Sub-Driver

How much you want to bet those “health professionals and organizations” aren’t a government front? Do you want some Fascism with your fries?


7 posted on 05/18/2011 10:43:23 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Sub-Driver

Marxist idiots.


8 posted on 05/18/2011 10:43:27 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Nanny state.


9 posted on 05/18/2011 10:44:15 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The last I heard, this was still a free country and as far as I’m concerned, we can still eat whatever we want. I refuse to fall prey to these “health care professionals.” They can monitor their own food choices, but they will never monitor mine.


10 posted on 05/18/2011 10:44:39 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Sub-Driver
More than 550 health professionals...

Apparently there are way too many health professionals if they have time for this B.S.

11 posted on 05/18/2011 10:44:54 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Red Badger

Yikes! Is the artist North Korean?


12 posted on 05/18/2011 10:45:06 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

As nasty as clowns are, I don’t want to see the health Nazis win one!


13 posted on 05/18/2011 10:45:06 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Sub-Driver

When or if the “big collapse” comes and everything is under austerity, I wonder if these non-profits will like doing what they do for free and without tax deductions?


14 posted on 05/18/2011 10:45:11 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Applied Christianity;a study in spiritual fiber optics connecting God's love to man!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well I guess if parents let their little ones talk them into eating Mcdonalds 7 days a week, then I guess the marketing has evil intentions.


15 posted on 05/18/2011 10:45:23 AM PDT by Bruinator (God is Great.... God is Good....Evil is Real.)
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To: Sub-Driver

McDonalds is used to this kind of thing. I remember many years ago some liberal group took out full page ads wanting McDonalds to go green by using real plates.


16 posted on 05/18/2011 10:45:36 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (artemis_webb@yahoo.com --Lord knows how long before I'm banned so please say hello sometime.)
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To: Sub-Driver
McDonald's should flip the bird at these idiots.
17 posted on 05/18/2011 10:45:47 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (RINO's are more interested in defeating conservatives than they are in defeating Marxists.)
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To: Sub-Driver



18 posted on 05/18/2011 10:46:32 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: Sub-Driver
More than 550 health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald's Corp. ...
In response, McDonald's Corp sends out over 550 letters - "FU, get your own business and screw IT up anyway you want."
19 posted on 05/18/2011 10:46:41 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: TexasRepublic

Got no idea!...................


20 posted on 05/18/2011 10:47:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope The Hamburglar comes in and whizzes on their tofu.


21 posted on 05/18/2011 10:47:55 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sub-Driver

Is this a joke? This is a gag post, right?

I mean, we’ve seen egregious stupidity, utter childishness, and the depths of the moronic in the American character here on Freep, but... really?

This sets a new low for post-adolescent idiocy.


22 posted on 05/18/2011 10:48:20 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (e)
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To: EGPWS

Probably the same group of ‘scientists’ the support global warming..............


23 posted on 05/18/2011 10:48:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: oh8eleven

That is what they should do but PC will never allow it to happen.


24 posted on 05/18/2011 10:49:36 AM PDT by edcoil (Democrats doing to America what Reagan did to russia. Driving it to bankrupcy.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Other than post #6 - I don't see any suggestion that anybody is FORCING unhealthy food down children's faces.

Because there is a clown - parents are FORCED to buy soda and french fries and deep fried chicken parts for their children - rather than milk fruit and a burger?

McDonalds is perfectly fine for a child to eat at as part of a sensible diet - and they can even do so with the “Happy Meal” and get a toy.

Milk.
Fruit.
Burger.

Nothing wrong with that lunch.

Now if you feed your kids the Nuggets, Fries and a Soda - and because they whine and cry you feed them that every day - with a Chocolate Sunday to top off your shame. Well I don't see how it was the “clown” that made you do it.

In such a scenario there is only one CLOWN I see responsible for your fat diabetic children. And it AINT Ronald McDonald.

25 posted on 05/18/2011 10:50:05 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Bring on the Food Cop Puritans! As Mencken would put it, they have the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be eating a Happy Meal . . . and enjoying it.


26 posted on 05/18/2011 10:51:03 AM PDT by rockvillem
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To: Sub-Driver

Dear Corporate Accountability International: Ef You! Strong letter to follow. Sicerely, Ronald.


27 posted on 05/18/2011 10:51:10 AM PDT by lp boonie (Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment)
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To: Sub-Driver
Message to 550 health professionals:


28 posted on 05/18/2011 10:51:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islamophobia: The fear of offending Muslims because they are prone to violence.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t understand why McDonald’s is being singled out. It has a lot more healthy menu options than BK, Jack or Wendys. Why aren’t they being attacked?


29 posted on 05/18/2011 10:51:49 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Sub-Driver
Call Mickey D's at 1-800-244-6227 and ask them to tell the food nazis to stick it where the sun doesn't shine.
This is NOT about calories - this is about freedom. Just ask Boeing how their move to SC is going.
30 posted on 05/18/2011 10:52:02 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Jack Hammer

This sets a new low for post-adolescent idiocy.

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Oh, I don’t know. The banning of Happy Meals was pretty stupid.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=MCDONALDS+BAN+HAPPY+MEALS+site%3AFREEREPUBLIC.COM&aq=f&aqi=&aql=f&oq=


31 posted on 05/18/2011 10:52:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Sub-Driver

A petition defending Ronald McDonald is being put forward by the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Mr. Peanut, the Burger King, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, the Keebler Elves, the M&Ms, the Fruit of the Loom guys, etc.


32 posted on 05/18/2011 10:53:26 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: edcoil

Ronald is a “white guy”. No need to have a white guy promoting McDonald’s. Fire the sucker, one less white guy in the work force.


33 posted on 05/18/2011 10:54:33 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: GSWarrior
I don’t understand why McDonald’s is being singled out. It has a lot more healthy menu options than BK, Jack or Wendys. Why aren’t they being attacked?

Because this is not really about health. It's about the terminal hatred that liberal busybodies have toward success. McDonalds is the largest of the fast food chains, and as a result, the #1 target. The goal is to retire an advertising figure that busybodies consider key to that success.

34 posted on 05/18/2011 10:55:36 AM PDT by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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To: Sub-Driver
More than 550 health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald's Corp. asking the maker of Happy Meals to stop marketing junk food to kids and retire Ronald McDonald.

Have they done the same asking the sodomites to end their propaganda campaigns toward our kids?

35 posted on 05/18/2011 10:57:14 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Sub-Driver

First they came for Joe Camel...


36 posted on 05/18/2011 10:57:20 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: freespirited

The federal government is suing Starbucks for firing a dwarf.

[In]Justice going to do the same for Ronald?


37 posted on 05/18/2011 10:57:32 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Sub-Driver

38 posted on 05/18/2011 10:58:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: married21

First they got Joe Camel, now they are after Ronald MacDonald. Can Santa Claus be the next target?


39 posted on 05/18/2011 10:58:48 AM PDT by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/our-staff-and-board

Check out the board members of Corporate Accountability International. Lots of MoveOn.org and Obama for America alums.


40 posted on 05/18/2011 10:59:21 AM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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41 posted on 05/18/2011 11:00:10 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: freespirited; GSWarrior
I don’t understand why McDonald’s is being singled out. It has a lot more healthy menu options than BK, Jack or Wendys. Why aren’t they being attacked?

Because this is not really about health. It's about the terminal hatred that liberal busybodies have toward success. McDonalds is the largest of the fast food chains, and as a result, the #1 target. The goal is to retire an advertising figure that busybodies consider key to that success.


also, because they have a "children's figure" as an advertising vehicle, they are and easier target. similar to how they tanked joe camel a while back.
42 posted on 05/18/2011 11:01:06 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Each of those organizations consists of 3 people on a university campus with a PO box and a fax machine.


43 posted on 05/18/2011 11:09:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Responsibility2nd

I stand corrected!


44 posted on 05/18/2011 11:10:30 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (e)
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To: Old Grumpy

You can only eat where you want with Hucakabee’s approval.

Huckster: All the factors say “yes” but my heart (and my high paying job on Fox) says “no”. What a phony!


45 posted on 05/18/2011 11:10:47 AM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: lp boonie

I didn’t see anything on their fight to end estrogen pollution of the rivers and oceans, although from looking at the staff and board I’d say they are doing their part.


46 posted on 05/18/2011 11:15:25 AM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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To: Sub-Driver

You have to wonder about the sanity of 550 health professionals and organistions, when they blame a clown and one partucular fast food joint for all the ills of the world.

My Grandkids get to go to McDonalds probably twice a month a mystery meat hamburger and a bag of fries isn’t going to kill them.


47 posted on 05/18/2011 11:16:17 AM PDT by Venturer
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Now that they own your body (i.e. healthcare), this is pretty much the reality.

Welcome to Facism.


48 posted on 05/18/2011 11:18:00 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: whinecountry

LOL.. The Exec Director looks like she’s had a few Big Macs.


49 posted on 05/18/2011 11:20:57 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: Sub-Driver
Not unless they get rid of the Burger King King, too.



Now there's creepy for you.....
50 posted on 05/18/2011 11:24:38 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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