ADVERTISING: Moment of Truth

In its heaviest crackdown on phony TV advertising, the Federal Trade Commission last week gave new teeth to an old saw: things are rarely what they seem. The FTC filed complaints against four major national advertisers (Standard Brands, Colgate-Palmolive, Alcoa and Lever Bros.), three advertising agencies (Manhattan's Ted Bates & Co. and Foote, Cone & Belding, and Pittsburgh's Ketchum, MacLeod & Grove), and Foote, Cone's Vice President William H. Bambric. The charge: trickery designed to fool the TV viewer.

Charged the FTC:

¶ The "flavor gems" used by Standard Brands to show...

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