Fake news

Video News Releases (VNRs) are pre-made newsreels sent to TV stations, who in turn broadcast them as “news”. The stations may or may not modify the VNRs, but they are always about one thing: Promoting an agenda.

VNRs are often thought of as coming from big pharmaceuticals or political parties. While this is true (never trust a TV news spot for a new novel “drug”), VNRs are also used in a wide variety of other industries. It’s even happening in high tech.

Take, for example, this clip from an antivirus company. Watch the original VNR, then watch this version, which is what an actual TV station used. (You only need to watch the first 15 seconds to get it).

News? No. It’s just “good PR”. A big player in the space is D S Simon Productions.

You can see a whole bunch of other fake TV news on PRNews under the Fakenews header, and more information at the Center for Media and Democracy.