Dr. Jay Gordon's April Fools Day Joke... Is It Funny?
Did any of you hear about the April Fools Day joke that Dr. Jay Gordon wrote?
Here's the letter:
American Academy of Pediatrics-For Immediate Release
..."the American Academy of Pediatrics which represents 60,000 rimary care Pediatricians, Pediatric medical subspecialists and Pediatric surgical specialists has announced that it is severing all ties with the infant formula industry.
'This method of feeding substitution has harmed millions of
children both in America and throughout the world and we
pediatricians can no longer continue our relationship with the manufacturers of infant formula....'
'Our alliance with the pharmaceutical industry is unethical. Our
accepting millions of dollars and continuing to allow these
business people to influence our policies while sponsoring our
speakers, conferences and conventions is an ongoing embarrassment and we will end this ethical problem right now.'
'Further, I would like to apologize for our past mistakes involving
the breastfeeding advertisement campaign and allowing the maker of Similac infant formula to print its corporate logo on the cover of
a special edition of the academy's book on breastfeeding.'
'Again, I can cannot express enough regret and can assure you that the AAP will immediately seek compliance with the WHO Code and will promote the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative'...."
Dr. Gordon wrote and signed the letter as if the president of the Academy had written it.
Now, do you agree that this is satire and therefore protected by the First Ammendment as Free Speech? When I first read it I thought it was true and I was elated only to discover later that it was an April Fools joke. Ho...hum.
What are your thoughts?