Product placement in news programs a disturbing trend

Some US morning talk shows are using product placement on their shows, for example putting cups of McDonald’s iced coffee on the desk in front of the anchors. This is yet another attempt to break the wall between news and advertising (though it’s sometimes hard to call morning news real news, since they generally focus on positive fluff stories, interspersed with five minutes of hard news every hour on the hour.) Still, it raises concerns about blurring the lines between news and promotion.

New York Times July 22, 2008

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