Local TV Stations Pilloried for ‘Shamelessly’ Passing Off Amazon-Scripted Propaganda as News
by Eoin Higgins
Posted June 23, 2020
At least 10 local news stations around the country aired corporate propaganda from online retail giant Amazon praising the company’s worker safety protocols ahead of a shareholders meeting on Wednesday where investors are expected to demand better protections for employees from the company’s leadership, including CEO Jeff Bezos.
Courier journalist Tim Burke broke the story Tuesday in an article featuring a video showing anchors from the various stations parroting the script. As Burke explained, the majority of the stations running the package did not acknowledge the material was produced by Amazon spokesperson Todd Walker or that the package came from the company.
The segments, which ran about a minute long, praised Amazon’s commitment to employee safety and the roll out of new preventive measures at facilities around the nation. The company sent a prepared script (pdf) and video package to producers. More…