From first impressions, the Washington Times appears to be a credible conservative news outlet, especially with a well-known conservative contributors …
However, I keep getting emails with shocking headlines – all preceded with a disclaimer that seems to absolve the publication from any responsibility for truth in advertising …
The latest headline suggests that the wife of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, herself a pediatrician and a philanthropist, has a news announcement …
which segues into a pitch for anti-aging product …
While working so hard to find the key to unlocking the answers to curing disease in our lifetime, Zuckerberg and Chan discovered something they hadn’t expected: the fountain of youth. While investigating several all-natural holistic remedies for curing skin cancer, Chan stumbled across a new way to care for the skin. While it may not have been the cancer answer she sought, Chan did learn that the ingredients her researchers were using did seem to push back the hands of time, making the skin look younger, smoother and healthier.
Enthralled by the discovery, Chan put a team of researchers on the case, seeing how much they could learn about these all-natural ingredients. It took them months, but what they ultimately invented was amazing: creams and lotions that can strip away decades of skin damage, returning the skin to a more youthful state. Those who initially used the cream reported looking 10-15 years younger in less than a month!
Understanding the full implications of their discovery, Chan quickly patented the invention and talked to her husband about funding the new project. Not really interested in the attention putting their names on the product would create, being the private couple they are, Priscilla decided to release her new skin car line without her name or the "Zuckerberg" name endorsement.
So what is this amazing skin care line? You can find it under the name: Made Pure Skin Care. Since its release earlier this year, Made Pure has enjoyed a surge in popularity as celebrities flock to their skin care specialists for the cream.
“It doesn’t matter how old they are, this cream smooth those lines; lightens dark sports; and simply makes your look younger,” said one popular actress. “Who need plastic surgery with this cream?”
With popularity soaring, Made Pure is now releasing one new anti-aging product called Made Pure . Aimed at woman of all ages, this expansion to the product line is expected to be as big a hit as the original age defying lotion. <Source>
We are not the only ones to notice this disgusting advertising practice …
The version of the scam using the name and likeness of Priscilla Chan appeared online in April 2017. Chan, said the article, formulated her own “natural, holistic” skin care line about which “Ivy League scientists” and “Hollywood dermatologists” were raving:
A spokesperson for Priscilla Chan confirmed the obvious: Neither Priscilla’s name nor likeness were approved for use in this advertisement — it is both false and misleading. Nor was the use of Mark Zuckerberg’s name and likeness authorized, despite appearing in this and a previous iteration of the advertorial which claimed that Zuckerberg was quitting Facebook to become a cosmeceutical mogul.
A continuing pattern of practice in pop-ups?
Why target conservatives?
The most obvious answer is demographics. Conservatives tend to be older, wealthier, and more wrinkly. They also have stronger beliefs in reputable brand names and products which appear in well-known publications.
About the Washington Times …
The Washington Times is an American daily newspaper. It is published as a broadsheet at 3600 New York Avenue NE, Washington, D.C..
The paper covers general interest topics with a particular emphasis on American politics. Its slogan is "America's Newspaper."
One of the first broadsheets in the United States to adopt color photography, its daily edition is distributed throughout the District of Columbia and sections of Maryland and Virginia. A weekly tabloid edition aimed at a national audience is also published. A typical issue includes sections for world and national news, business, politics, editorials and opinion pieces, local news, sports, entertainment, and travel. Periodically, the paper publishes large, 30–40 page special sections devoted to specific policy topics that include reports and commentary from a variety of experts on the subject.
Founded on May 17, 1982, by Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon, the Times was owned by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate associated with the church until 2010, in which Moon and a group of former executives purchased the paper. It is currently owned by diversified conglomerate Operations Holdings, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the church."
Bottom line …
If a publication appears to care little about its audience and pimps its name and mailing list to dodgy advertisers, perhaps one should consider that they might be playing fast and loose with their public policy reporting?
We are so screwed.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius