One way we know our work is making a difference: liberal comedian Stephen Colbert is poking fun at our work on his faux news program.
In a segment yesterday on the FDA’s proposal to ban trans fats, Colbert cited a report by Heritage Foundation expert Daren Bakst that called a ban “an attack on freedom.”
“The government should not intervene in the most basic and private aspects of our lives,” Bakst argues in a separate report, “even if there were some alleged indirect social cost. In a free society, people are entitled to live as they deem fit, especially in their personal lives, absent clear and direct harm to others. If the government can control what the public eats, it is difficult to imagine what it could not do.”
But in his trademark sardonic tone, Colbert suggested that the “average Joe” is misinformed about the dangers of trans fats, presumably justifying regulation.
Watch the clip from the Colbert Show above.
What do you think? Should the FDA ban trans fats?