News “explainer” Vox (6/10/16) ran a seemingly innocuous write-up on Friday of President Barack Obama appearing on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the night before, “slow jamming” the benefits of the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership: “Watch: President Obama Sings Rihanna With Jimmy Fallon to Explain the Importance of the TPP.”
It would be funny if it weren’t a borderline parody of everything wrong with corporate-owned “new media”: What we have here is a Comcast-funded website plugging a Comcast–owned TV show to promote a trade deal aggressively lobbied for by Comcast.
NBC and the Tonight Show are owned by NBCUniversal, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast. Comcast is also a major owner of Vox, having poured more than $200 million into its parent company, Vox Media.
The promotion of the TPP is a recurring staple at Vox, which frequently publishes articles that happened to dovetail with the interests of their major investor, Comcast—a corporation that spends large sums trying to convince members of Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership: