Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Of Idiocy And Brilliance

From Reuters comes this story:

Pfizer Inc said on Monday it was pulling television advertisements for its Lipitor cholesterol drug featuring Dr. Robert Jarvik, inventor of the Jarvik artificial heart, because they created "misimpressions."

The ads involving Jarvik had come under scrutiny from a U.S. House of Representative committee as part of an investigation into celebrity endorsements of prescription medicines.

Democratic lawmakers had voiced concern that Jarvik's qualifications were misrepresented in widely seen TV commercials touting the blockbuster drug. They said Jarvik seemed to be dispensing medical advice even though he is not a practicing physician.

The commercials, which portray Jarvik in various outdoor activities, also raised eyebrows after news reports that a stunt double was used in a scene with a man rowing across a lake.

A man, who has one of the greatest medical minds in the world and has saved more lives than the whole of Congress combined, has come under fire from people that attach earmarks to bills, participate in pork barrel spending, take bribes, and peddle influence to special interests (left and right). Why? Because he has become the target of "misimpressions".

What a beautiful world, we live in.

(Inspired by an early morning rant by Mrs. Sunsett)


Greg said...

What about Clemens and "Spygate"? Maybe they need to fill some time while they wait for Matt Walsh to bring forward his "smoking gun." Very exciting stuff going on in Washington these days!

A.C. McCloud said...

Saving the world from perceived injustices. It's what liberals do.

LASunsett said...

Greg and AC,

The sad thing is, this is the bunch that a lot of misguided people want to entrust the healthcare system to.

Greg said...

I now also understand why the renewal of FISA has been shelved by the House "leadership." Stopping Mr. Jarvik is more important that stopping al Qaeda, of course!

LASunsett said...

Great isn't it, Greg?

Maybe someone should write a self-help book and title it, "How To Do Nothing And Look Important Doing It"?