business news in context, analysis with attitude reports that with its newest commercial promoting its Via instant coffee, Starbucks has managed to upset some conservatives.

The reason? In portraying a number of groups – ranging from nurses to civil War re-enactors - that cannot tell the difference between Via and fresh brewed coffee, the commercial shows a town hall meeting and portrays one man yelling, irately, “I can't taste the difference!”

According to, some conservative blogs are expressing outrage that Starbucks seems to be mocking the people who were speaking out – sometimes angrily – about health care reform at town hall sessions around the country this summer.
KC's View:
It generally has been my experience that if you can’t laugh at yourself, you probably can't laugh any anything. And if you don't have a sense of humor…well, you probably aren’t worth spending a lot of time with.

That goes for people on both sides of the aisle.