Politicizing Soda Science

Today’s NYT reports on how New York City’s health commissioner pressured his staff to create a scary anti-obesity ad campaign, featuring this ad, even if it meant stretching the available scientific evidence on the potential health consequences of drinking a can of soda per day.  In the end, they produced an ad that was “defensible” because, as one participant in the discussions  put it, the ad’s language was “broad enough to get away with.”

UPDATE: Althouse: “The government can’t get the science right. It can’t even get the English usage right.”