US Government Paid Millions of Dollars to Media While Propagating Covid-19 Vaccine
The US government launched a “comprehensive” media relations program that paid millions of dollars to the media to influence the American public to be “pro-vaccine”. This program included the purchase of advertisements from some of the largest television and digital media, which subsequently failed in almost all cases to report the conflict of interest, accompanied by almost uniformly positive and not positive Covid vaccine reports. reviews.
Government documents outlining the media relations program were reported by The Blaze in an “exclusive”.
“In response to a FOIA request filed by TheBlaze, HHS disclosed that it purchased advertising from major news networks including ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as cable TV news channels Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, legacy media publications including the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post, digital media companies like BuzzFeed News and Newsmax, and hundreds of local newspapers and television stations,” notes the report. story of The Blaze. “These outlets were collectively responsible for posting countless articles and video segments regarding the vaccine that were almost uniformly positive about the vaccine in terms of its efficacy and safety.”
“Hundreds of news organizations have been paid by the federal government to advertise vaccines as part of a ‘comprehensive media campaign,'” according to documents TheBlaze obtained from the Department of Health and Social services. “The Biden administration has purchased television, radio, print and social media ads to build confidence in vaccines, synchronizing this effort with the growing availability of vaccines. The government has also relied on earned media featuring “influencers” from “communities hard hit by COVID-19” and “experts” like White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci, and other academics to be interviewed and promote vaccination in the media. »
“Although virtually all of these newsrooms produced articles on COVID-19 vaccines, taxpayers’ money paid to their companies has not been disclosed to the public in news stories, as common practice is for editorial teams to operate independently of media advertising departments and news teams have not felt the need to make the disclosure,” as some The Blaze publications explained. .
“The Biden administration has engaged in a massive campaign to educate the public and promote vaccination as the best way to prevent serious illness or death from COVID-19,” the article notes. “Congress appropriated $1 billion in fiscal year 2021 for the Secretary of Health to spend on activities to ‘build confidence in vaccines in the United States.'” Federal law authorizes the HHS to work through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to award contracts to public and private entities to “carry out a national, evidence-based campaign to increase awareness and knowledge of vaccine safety and effectiveness for disease prevention and control, combating misinformation about vaccines, and disseminating scientific and evidence-based information about vaccines, with the goal of increasing immunization rates for all ages…to reduce and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases.”
History notes a good example of product placement. HHS’ “fear-based vaccine ads” featuring stories of Covid patients “survivors” in intensive care units were covered on CNN and discussed on ABC’s “The View” after they were published. Look:
With no accountability from pharmaceutical companies or the ability to hold them accountable for false or misleading claims, the mass promotion of “vaccines” that have been rushed to market after minimal testing is the most flagrant violation. journalistic ethics. There was a complete lack of transparency from the pharmaceutical companies, the Food and Drug Administration, and the media promoting these vaccines.
Compounding this unethical journalistic behavior, big tech companies and self-proclaimed “watchdogs” maintained relationships that constituted conflicts of interest, including partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and the US government. Newsguard, for example, partners with the US Department of Defense and the US State Department, but monitors the internet for examples of what its editors consider “misinformation”. This attempt to “cripple speech” ostensibly represents a violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights, as the US government is prohibited from infringing on free speech, even through third parties.
Facebook partnered with the CDC on a massive Covid vaccine propaganda campaign that included censorship against those who were “vaccinating hesitant” because they demanded proof of their effectiveness and for claims such as they “stop the spread”. Twitter also banned and misrepresented critics such as Alex Berenson, even when they later quietly admitted the critics had been right.
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— Marked for the Future (@markedtofuture) March 6, 2022
The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine thus undermines one of the most deceptive propaganda campaigns in US history. If the American people don’t push for accountability for this monumental effort to manipulate the public, then it will only get worse.
The floodgates have been opened. Voters must decide whether they want an American government that spends billions of public funds every year on propaganda. This time it was to push pharmaceuticals. Next time it might be much worse.
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