Amazon is taking proactive action ahead of Wednesday's annual shareholders meeting -- at which investors plan on demanding the company address worker safety issues after at least eight warehouse employees have died of COVID-19 -- by pushing a package to local news outlets that promotes the corporation's health and safety efforts.
While most TV news professionals have scoffed at the idea of running Amazon-provided content as news, at least 11 stations across the country ran some form of the package on their news broadcasts. The package -- you can view the script Amazon provided to news stations here -- was produced by Amazon spokesperson Todd Walker.
Only one station, Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG, acknowledged that Walker was an Amazon employee, not a news reporter, and that the content had come from Amazon.
11 Local TV Stations Pushed the Same Amazon-Scripted Segment: