If you’ve ever wondered why the American (and New Zealand) news media appears to shy away from delivering impactful critiques of the pharmaceutical industry, your curiosity has now been answered.
It may or may not come as a surprise, but TV pharmaceutical ads are illegal in every country besides the United States and New Zealand. One of the reasons for that is a big concern that pharmaceutical advertising could influence editorial decisions within media organizations.
And it seems those concerns are very legitimate because former pharma insider Calley Means unveiled on the Tucker Carlson Network Friday that the true goal of pharma ads on TV is not to sell drugs but, instead, is a “public relation lobbying tactic, essentially, to buy off the news.” He described this as an “open secret” working for pharma.
TUCKER CARLSON: You’re saying that pharma buys TV spots not to convince people to ask for specific drugs from their physicians, but to subvert the news business?
CALLEY MEANS: This is an open secret working for pharma.
TUCKER CARLSON: I never thought of that.
CALLEY MEANS: This is an open secret working for pharma. This is an open secret. The kind of silly ads you see between the news breaks, the points of that is not — it’s largely to impact the customer. But the pharma has already got that. They’ve already bought off the doctors. They’re good on that.
Martin comments: And as we all know, here in New Zealand, the Ardern-led Labour government also had mainstream media wrapped around it’s little finger thanks to a $55 million “Covid fund” (Bribe). Not that any bribe was really needed as a huge chunk of our news media is heavily Left-biased. Big Pharma, government and MSM: profit and power and control.