Around 500,000 people die each year due to adverse reactions from prescription drugs, drugs that were properly taken in accordance with their doctor’s orders (this doesn’t include those who die from prescription drug abuse), while about 480,000 die from cigarettes and 80,000 from alcohol, and substantially less from illegal drugs such as heroin and crack, yet the mainstream media rarely reports on the negative aspects of prescription drugs. Wonder why?

“With the exception of CBS, every major media outlet in the United States shares at least one board member with at least one pharmaceutical company. To put that into perspective: These board members wake up, go to a meeting at Merck or Pfizer, then they have their driver take them over to a meeting with NBC to decide what kind of programming that network is going to air,” said America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio of the connection between Big Pharma and mainstream media outlets.

Papantonio goes on to explain another reason why you should never trust mainstream media to report fairly on the pharmaceutical industry: because the pharmaceutical industry pays the media’s bills, spending some $5 billion a year on advertising.

Watch the segment below: