RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not yet revealed how much advertising money was spent on each media platform, it has become clear that the Biden administration paid hundreds of media outlets taxpayer money to run ads promoting Covid shots.
This puts everything into perspective as for the last two years, mainstream media outlets have been bought by the US government to propagate Covid vaccine propaganda.
As part of a “comprehensive media campaign,” the HHS sponsored hundreds of American media companies to produce advertising pushing Covid vaccines.
Documents acquired by conservative news organization The Blaze, who submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) petition against the government agency demanding openness, detailed the extensive media effort.
The report highlights the intimate ties that exist between the mainstream press and the federal government, which have regularly collaborated to promote the universal vaccination agenda.
The Blaze stated in an exclusive article on March 3 that papers acquired from the HHS revealed the Biden administration had “purchased advertising from major news organizations.”
The Biden administration also purchased ads in ‘legacy’ media publications including the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, digital media companies like BuzzFeed News and Newsmax, Youtube, and hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations.”
“The government also relied on earned media featuring ‘influencers’ from ‘communities hit hard by Covid-19,’” the report kept going, going on to add that other “influencers” included “experts” such as White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci as well as other academics who endorsed the vaccinations in interview sessions.
The Blaze reported that legacy media and cable news networks that garnered federal payments for rolling Covid shot ads concurrently published “countless articles and video segments” about the experimental injections “that were nearly uniformly positive about the vaccine in terms of both its efficacy and safety.”
Regardless of the fact that nearly every media site that carried pro-vaccine HHS ads “produced stories covering the Covid-19 vaccines, the taxpayer dollars flowing to their companies were not disclosed to audiences in news reports,” the outlet claims.
The Blaze contacted a number of news organizations identified in the records for comment on why they refused to reveal taxpayer financing for their pro-vaccination agenda.
Although many declined to speak, others did say there was no need to reveal the ad sales because editorial teams are separate from their agency’s marketing departments.
When “[a]dvertisers pay for space to share their messages,” their “ads are clearly labeled as such,” according to Shani George, vice president of communications at The Washington Post.
However, she added that “[t]he newsroom is completely independent of the advertising department.”
According to The Blaze, the Biden administration purchased HHS advertising slots as part of a US$1 billion federal campaign (read below) to “strengthen vaccine trust in the United States” for the financial year 2021.
The HHS said in April 2021 that it will undertake a “comprehensive media campaign” and collaborate with “with public health influencers to reach Americans through traditional, digital, and social media in culturally appropriate ways.”
The HHS asserted that the “timing” of its “vaccine confidence efforts” was meant to coincide with “increasing vaccine availability,” and that information released through the media would reassure Americans of the “safety and effectiveness” of the experimental vaccines, that have been connected to hundreds of thousands of adverse reactions and tens of thousands of fatalities.
Information concerning the federal government’s efforts to alter public opinion about the injections via targeted media commercials adds to mistrust about the traditional media’s coverage of the Covid-19 vaccines.
Cable news networks and major newspapers have consistently endorsed experimental injections in line with assertions from government agencies and big pharmaceutical companies, and have consciously authored pieces trying to discredit doctors and scientists who disagreed, criticizing them for trying to spread “misinformation.”
Over the last two years, mainstream media outlets have dismissed claims that the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, China, claimed that vaccines were far more successful than real-world evidence demonstrated, and dismissed worries about the impact of mandatory masking for children.
A recent change in mainstream media discourse, which has shifted away from mandates, given credibility to the lab-leak explanation, and acknowledged the downsides of forced masking, has coincided with gradually declining poll ratings for Democrat leaders who have implemented harsh Covid policies.
Meanwhile, it appears that the Biden administration’s relations with major media businesses have not violated any laws or protocols.
According to The Blaze, the HHS is empowered by federal law “to act through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to award contracts to public and private entities”.
The goal was to “carry out a national, evidence-based campaign to increase awareness and knowledge of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for the prevention and control of diseases, combat misinformation about vaccines, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based vaccine-related information, with the goal of increasing rates of vaccination across all ages … to reduce and eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases.”
According to The Blaze, the “HHS has not yet revealed how much advertising money was spent on each media platform.”
With information from GreatGameIndia