This January, the Conejo Guardian reported that Ventura County supervisors used 1.8 million dollars of federal C-19 money to buy local media coverage about the public health mandates.
The investigation shared that Acorn Newspapers received $450,000 in forgivable federal C-19 loans and $262,000 in county funding via advertisements and Acorn’s coverage of public health policy was universally positive and affirming during that time.
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The narrative exploded nationally as an invitation by The Blaze stated that one billion dollars of federal money went to hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations, Fox News, CNN, Newsmax, the WaPo, etc.
In the report “Exclusive: The federal government paid hundreds of media companies to advertise the COVID-19 vaccines while those same outlets provided positive coverage of the vaccines,” Chris Pandolfo shared the results of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Blaze.
“HHS [the Department of Health and Human Services] revealed that it purchased advertising from major news networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as cable TV news stations Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, legacy media publications including the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, digital media companies like BuzzFeed News and Newsmax, and hundreds of local newspapers and TV stations,” Pandolfo wrote. “These outlets were collectively responsible for publishing countless articles and video segments regarding the vaccine that was nearly uniformly positive about its efficacy and safety.”
The report continued, “[T]axpayer dollars flowing to their companies were not disclosed to audiences.” The purpose of the $1,000,000,000 media infusion was to “strengthen vaccine confidence in the United States.”
Responding to these revelations, media outlets like the LA Times insisted “newsroom operates independently from advertising.” The LA Times cited one more example “featured advice from experts on how readers could convince vaccine-hesitant people in their lives to change their minds.” Newsmax, purportedly a conservative news outlet, “reported how the vaccines have ‘been demonstrated to be safe and effective and ‘encouraged citizens, especially those at risk, to get immunized.’”
“Fox News & Newsmax Took Biden Money To Push Deadly COVID Vaccines To Its Viewers.” Former Newsmax reporter, Emerald Robinson, states, “nearly the entire corporate media took money from the Biden Administration to push the vaccines to their audiences without disclosing it. More importantly, so-called ‘conservative’ media organizations took money from the Biden Administration to spin positive stories about deadly and ineffective vaccines to their conservative viewers who were right to be suspicious — and did not disclose it.”
She dubs it, “[T]he largest and most comprehensive breach of journalistic ethics that has ever occurred. Almost everybody took the money. … Almost everybody refused to report anything negative about the vaccines — because they were paid to close their eyes.”
“I was told that ‘it was problematic’ for Newsmax,” Robinson writes. “I was given some version of this warning multiple times by multiple executives. Obviously, I did not heed their advice.”
Professionals who worked for Newsmax told Robinson “that medical experts and doctors who might say negative things about the new vaccines would not be booked as guests at all [emphasis hers].”
She wrote that the federal government “paid for an outright ban on any negative coverage [emphasis hers],”
“There’s a word for that kind of thing, and the word is propaganda.”
“At Newsmax, we have strongly advocated for the public to be vaccinated. The many medical experts who have appeared on our network have been near-unanimous in support of the vaccine.”
The Conejo Guardian’s original investigation showed that Ventura County paid $1.8 million to local media sources to promote the C-19 mandates and vaccinations.
“The newspaper receiving the most County COVID money was The Acorn, paid $262,888 by the County government since April 2020 to run COVID ads of various kinds. The Guardian analyzed 18 months of Acorn issues and found virtually no disagreement in its pages with County policy regarding mandatory vaccinations, universal mask requirements, unprecedented control over local businesses, churches and schools, and other matters of public concern.” Health Impact News reported.
People lost their jobs because they disagreed with the County’s drastic changes to medical privacy and fundamental freedoms.
The owner of The Acorn Newspapers, J. Bee NP Publishing Ltd, “received a coronavirus-related Paycheck Protection Loan from the Small Business Administration of $444,335.00 in February 2021 through JPMorgan Chase Bank. Last updated by the Small Business Administration in November 2021, this loan’s status is now listed as “Paid in Full or Forgiven.” Another source says the loan was entirely forgiven.” The report added.
The Guardian sought comments from every media organization represented in the data. They had to answer if they had a policy regarding the money it is willing to receive from government entities.
“All the newspapers have experienced that [infusion of money] in the county, and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the newspapers in the state haven’t experienced that because there was X amount of money made available to the counties by the state from the feds, to the state, that was passed on to the counties, with the end goal of just trying to prevent as much spread of the disease as possible,” Santa Paula Times publisher Peggy Kelly, told the Guardian.
“We funded 36 different local organizations to help them have the funds necessary to get out into the community, literally door-to-door, to help educate the community about the vaccine and why it’s important to get vaccinated,” Jeffrey Lambert, COO of VCCF, told the Guardian.
VCCF is a frequent partner of the County and a funnel for County money to pay housing costs for illegal immigrants.
Read the full article at The Conejo Guardian.