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How Public Relations Firms Are Exploiting Distrust In Media For Dollars


In the void of trustworthy news sources, audiences are being taken advantage of and being peddled political talking points from PR firms.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Washington Examiner commentary writer T. Becket Adams joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss his latest Substack post on, “The rise of PR-backed journalism.”

“A new breed of journalism has appeared. It is one that is fueled by political organizations and public relations firms — one that operates under an apparent pay-for-play model,” Adams writes.

Adams said that in the void of trustworthy news, people are being taken advantage of, “especially when not being given the full picture of who’s feeding them what they’re reading.”

“You can go after Alex Jones all day but can we talk about the 1,300 fake news sites that are peddling PR and political talking points? That seems to be a big problem to me as well but then for some reason that doesn’t get the coverage,” he said. 

Adams said people already have a large distrust in the corporate press, largely caused by the media’s years of malfeasance, but now they are exploiting it further.

“People want to know what’s happening and they don’t know where it’s coming from, who’s funding it. They don’t know what interests are being served and no one’s better off for it,” Adams said.

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