“Cash for Comment”

Question; In 1999 a report on the ABC’s Media Watch sparked what came to be known as the “cash for comment” scandal. What was the cash for comment scandal about?

In the ‘cash for comment’ scandal John Laws and Alan Jones were paid by corporations to speak on the radio and to avid listeners with what was thought to be their personal opinion on matters. But were in fact rephrasing the messages that their sponsors wished them to convey and labeling it as their own opinion, thereby deceiving listeners. This was done without revealing a disclosure informing listeners that the opinions and thoughts being used to sway the public opinion were put into place by corporations.

 

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