I dread the day that cars will be sold alongside the Thighmaster, but I disagree with your reporter's comment, "But during the show, we expect entertainment to be pure" in a marketing column ("Automakers on slippery slope toward infomericals") in some editions of your June 10 issue.
Under no circumstances do I or anyone I know feel that entertainment is pure. We all know that every second of television is paid advertising. I fully expect to see all TV actors wearing car slogan T-shirts and automotive logos tattooed on their foreheads. Soon all TV will be one big NASCAR event.
From the next episode of "NASCAR visits the West Wing":
Chief of staff: Mr. President, your GM-powered limo is ready.
President: Good, make sure my Smith & Wesson bodyguards have their new randmcnally.com route planned.
Chief of staff: Right, sir. But before we arrive at the Capitol painted by DuPont, you better get a MACH3 shave by Gillette.
President: Oh, you are right, I wouldn't want to give a speech spell-checked by dictionary.com and appear on ABC, home of Disney and the Mouse, looking like I just changed the STP oil.
And on and on and on and on and on and on.