Family Research Council

iBan the iPod Ads


By Tony Perkins
March 19, 2013

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New York City is nipping personal freedom in the bud--or at least the earbud. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. He's banned junk food, transfats, even salt--and now, Mayor Bloomberg is breaking the sound barrier. According to New York City, iPods are next up on the naughty list as health workers try to make some noise over hearing loss. This month, Bloomberg is announcing a new campaign to highlight the dangers of loud music. The ads, which cost upwards of a quarter of a million dollars, aren't exactly winning locals over. And who can blame them? It's ridiculous ideas like this one that have doubled the city's debt under Bloomberg. "Is it really any government's job to try and save us from every single [thing]?" asked Erika Johnsen. And while the Mayor's busy policing earbuds, the real risks--like promiscuity, pollution, or basic sanitation--are falling on deaf ears. Who knows? Maybe New Yorkers are turning up their music to drown out bossy politicians like this one!

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