The US government paid millions of dollars to media outlets while they ran Covid-19 vaccine propaganda

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The US government ran a “broad” media relations program that paid millions of dollars to media outlets to get the American public to be “pro-vaccine.” This program involved buying advertising from some of the biggest TV and digital media outlets, which subsequently failed to report the conflict of interest in almost all cases, accompanied by almost uniformly positive and uncritical coverage of Covid vaccines.

The government documents describing the media work program were reported “exclusive” by The Blaze.

“In response to a FOIA request filed by TheBlaze, HHS announced that it has purchased advertising from major news networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as cable television news networks Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, and legacy media publications including The New York Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, digital media companies like BuzzFeed News and Newsmax, and hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations,” The Blaze’s story Remarks. “These outlets were collectively responsible for publishing countless articles and video segments about the vaccine, which gave almost uniform positive reviews of the vaccine, both in terms of its effectiveness and its safety.”

“Hundreds of news organizations have been paid by the federal government to broadcast as part of a ‘comprehensive media campaign,'” according to documents obtained by TheBlaze from the Department of Health and Human Services. “The Biden administration has bought ads on television, radio, print and social media to build confidence in vaccines and has aligned these efforts with the increasing availability of the vaccines. The government also relied on earned media with “influencers” from “communities hard hit by COVID-19” and “experts” like senior White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, and other academics, to be interviewed and promote vaccines on the news.”

“Although virtually all of these newsrooms produced articles about the COVID-19 vaccines, the taxpayers’ money that flowed to their companies was not disclosed to the public in news reports, as common practice dictates that editorial teams work independently of media advertising departments and news teams saw no need to make disclosures,” explained some publications that The Blaze solicited for comment.

“The Biden administration waged a massive campaign to educate the public and promote vaccination as the best way to prevent serious illness or death from COVID-19,” the story reads. “Congress authorized $1 billion for the Secretary of Health and Human Services in fiscal 2021 to spend on activities to ‘build confidence in vaccines in the United States.’ Federal law authorizes HHS, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies, to contract with public and private entities to conduct “a national, evidence-based campaign to increase awareness and knowledge of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for disease prevention and control, addressing vaccine misinformation, and disseminating scientific and evidence-based vaccine-related information with the goal of increasing immunization rates at all ages…to reduce and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases.

The story establishes a good example of product placement. “Fear-based vaccine ads” from HHS featuring “survivor” stories of Covid patients in intensive care units were reported on CNN and discussed after their publication in ABC’s The View. Clock:

In the absence of liability for pharmaceutical companies or the ability to hold them accountable for false or misleading claims, the mass promotion of “vaccines” released after a minimum of testing represents the most egregious breach of journalistic ethics There was a complete lack of transparency from the drug companies, the Food and Drug Administration, and the media promoting these vaccines.

This unethical journalistic behavior was compounded by the fact that big tech companies and self-proclaimed “watchdogs” engaged in relationships that posed conflicts of interest, including partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and the US government. Newsguard for example partner with the US Department of Defense and State Department, but scours the Internet for examples of what its publishers consider “misinformation.” This attempt to interrupt speech is ostensibly a violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights, since the US government is prohibited from violating freedom of speech, including through third parties.

Facebook partner with the CDC for a massive covid vaccine propaganda Push that included censorship of those who were “vaccinating hesitant” because they demanded evidence of its effectiveness and such claims that they were “stopping the spread”. Twitter has also banned and decried critics like Alex Berenson, even though they later quietly conceded that the critics were right.

The introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine thus jeopardizes one of the most deceptive propaganda campaigns in US history. Unless the American people hold themselves accountable for this monumental effort to manipulate the public, it will only get worse.

The floodgates were opened. Voters must decide if they want a US government that spends billions of tax dollars on propaganda every year. This time it was about pushing pharmaceutical products. Next time it can be much worse. The US government paid millions of dollars to media outlets while they ran Covid-19 vaccine propaganda

Jake Nichol

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