If you look at the social media accounts of George Takei and other far left celebrities from Hollywood, you’ll see they often push out news stories from liberal media outlets. It turns out this sometimes happens not just because they agree with the stories but because they’re being paid to promote them.
The Guardian reports:
George Takei saga sheds light on the murky world of pay-to-promote news
News that several online media companies including Mic, Slate and Refinery29 have severed commercial ties with Star Trek actor George Takei following allegations of sexual assault has shone a light on the little-understood practice of online news sites paying celebrities to post links to their content.
Millennial-focused website Mic reported that it and five other media sites had “ended paid promotion partnerships that once had their articles and videos shared on Takei’s social media platforms” in the wake of an accusation that Takei sexually assaulted a young actor in 1981. Takei denies the claim.
Slate, Refinery29, viral site Upworthy, media brand Good and Futurism all confirmed to Mic that they had cut Takei out of their “social media influencer” networks of paid celebrities and other high-profile social media users who often have millions of followers.
Upworthy and Good, which are part of the same company, went further, tweeting similar statements that each would “no longer partner with networks that use celebrities” at all.
Beyond the allegations against Takei, the news that some media companies pay celebrities to post links to their articles or videoscame as a surprise to some – partly because this is not usually disclosed on the social media posts.
Keep this in mind the next time you see a liberal celebrity tweeting a news story. They might be doing it just to earn a buck, without disclosing that fact. It’s fundamentally dishonest but that should come as no surprise.