In a $1 billion, taxpayer-funded media campaign, the U.S. government made direct payments to all major media outlets in an effort to push ads for COVID shots on the public. Meanwhile, the same news outlets literally gushed with positive coverage on the shots.
The expenditures were disclosed after The Blaze filed a Freedom of Information Act request from Department of Health and Human Services.
"The Biden administration purchased ads on TV, radio, in print and on social media to build vaccine confidence, timing this effort with the increasing availability of the vaccines," The Blaze said. "The government also relied on earned media featuring 'influencers' from 'communities hit hard by COVID-19' and 'experts' like White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and other academics to be interviewed and promote vaccination in the news."