Commerical Hal

by Don Boudreaux on April 7, 2010

in Hubris and humility, Media, Movies

Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson is appalled that producers of branded consumer products help to fund – and, hence, get their products featured in – many Hollywood movies.

I wonder if he’s equally appalled that the very same Internet pages on which his column appears today are funded in part by – and, hence, feature ads for – Open Skies Airlines, Ryan Homes, Sprint, Fidelity Investments, and (egads!) the American Petroleum Institute?  Should Post readers conclude that the quality and sincerity of the that paper’s news reports and opinion pieces are compromised by appearing on the same computer screen as ads for a wide array of commercial products?  And will Meyerson have the moral mettle to refuse from now on to write for the Post as long as it continues its cheap and compromising practice of accepting ads from philistine capitalists?

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