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FTC Public Affairs Office Must Be Overstaffed

Dad The Federal Trade Commission has some stuff going on that should be keeping its staff pretty busy. For example:

As we noted a few weeks ago, it's engaged in a follow-up study about the advertising of foodstuffs to kids.

Chairman Jon Leibowitz was making the cable news circuit this weekend, explaining that the "discussion draft" (.pdf) released late last month, in advance of today's "How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age" workshop, was not an official endorsement of any of the kooky suggestions contained therein, but rather a mere compilation of ideas submitted by all sorts of people.

The Commission is warning consumers to watch out for oil spill scams.

Despite all of this work, someone in the FTC Public Affairs Office still found the time, in advance of Father's Day, to adapt "some of Dear Old Dad's favorite sayings" to tangentially related consumer protection tips in a cutesy release called "DADvice: Stuff Dads Really Say." To wit:

“There’s nothing a little duct tape can’t fix.” That may be true when it comes to home repair, but when your computer goes kablooey, duct tape won’t do. The best fix is prevention. Visit OnGuardOnline for tech tips on protecting your system from viruses, spyware, and other gremlins that can grind your computer to a halt.

Your tax dollars at work. If the FTC really wants a challenge, I suggest they use some of the gems found here for next year's release.

Posted by Eric Lipman on June 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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