by Mike Adams
No matter what junk science the global corporations are trying to push, there's always a long list of scientists, doctors and journalists ready to accept some payola money to spread their propaganda.
The latest example comes from the
Coca-Cola company, which paid "fitness and
nutrition experts" to place pro-Coke articles in
over 1,000 news websites (including major
newspapers) to position Coca-Cola as a "healthy
As Coca-Cola explains, this effort is merely designed,
Yep, if you think drinking Coca-Cola with all
its genetically modified high fructose corn
syrup isn't incredibly healthy, then you're
"anti-science" because you're opposed to the
twisted quack science the corporations are
pushing through payola schemes that place their
propaganda on willing mainstream media websites.
Associated Press exposes ethics violations of corporate payola schemes
To her credit, Associated Press
writer Candice Choi wrote a
very informative article on this, exposing
ethics violations that are abundantly obvious in
such "payola journalism" deals.
After all, I sometimes announce new superfood products here on Natural News, fully disclosing why these products are cleaner (heavy metals lab testing, for example) and explaining that they are available at the Natural News Store. That's honest news about a new solution that benefits people.
But to accept money to promote something that causes diabetes, obesity and kidney stones is another matter entirely. Coca-Cola soft drinks directly contribute to serious chronic diseases that destroy lives and cause enormous suffering.
Accepting money to push Coke as a "healthy
snack" is not just highly unethical, it's also a
blatant sellout to corporations whose products
contribute to disease.
Shameless writers plug Coke for money
And look who's doing it, too: A registered dietician in a Chicago bilingual newspaper wrote this Coca-Cola propaganda piece entitled, "Ideas to Score a Touchdown during the Super Bowl without Sacrificing the Diet."
The article suggests that
Hispanics - who already suffer horrendous rates
of type-2 diabetes - should "drink a mini Coke
can with mini sliders."
For the record, a mini-Coke,
It also contains phosphoric acid.
The HFCS comes from genetically engineered corn.
There is nothing whatsoever about this product
that even approaches the concept of "wellness."
Code words for corporate shills and propaganda hacks
Whether you're dealing with
biotech corporate shills (paid professional
"science liars"), fluoride poison pushers or
Coca-Cola propagandists, a key phrase that helps
identify these sleight-of-mouth word twisters is
"these opinions are my own."
In an email, he aggressively
insisted "the opinions are my own," claiming he
had no direct ties to biotech companies.
As the AP story reports:
Coca-Cola admits running a network of paid corporate propagandists
Coca-Cola's payola scheme is far bigger than just a few sellout bloggers and writers who plug Coke for money.
And how does Ben Sheidler defend the practice?
It's okay because all the other corporations are doing it too, apparently. "Paid talent," of course, refers to writers, bloggers, scientists and journalists who take money to spread corporate propaganda. There are hoards of 'em.
You'd be shocked to learn just
how many stories that appear in the media
contain plugs for toxic corporate products,
covertly placed inside articles to make them
appear like they aren't blatant ads.
As the Associated Press story reveals:
"Major news outlets", in other words, are secretly running corporate advertisements disguised as news.
It makes me wonder:
The even bigger story here is one you may not have thought of:
Look around... there are far more
of these than you might realize.
Almost every pro-corporate message in the media is a PAID placement
Finally, when you look at the so-called "news" on the web these days, keep your Spidey sense on high alert.
Almost every pro-corporation
message is a paid content piece... either
directly paid as payola or indirectly paid
through advertising that funds the site.
Real journalism can never be honestly pursued by any news organization that is wholly compromised by corporate money.
The only truly honest news you'll
get comes from small, independent operations run
by real people who have a strong internal code
of ethics that rejects corporate sellouts and