Truth in Advertising

On most days the White House’s Statements and Releases page is a snoozefest. Since Inauguration Day, it’s comprised mainly of “readouts” of the president and vice president’s calls and meetings with domestic and foreign leaders, which are not so riveting. But this week, one White House release became the news.

It was titled “President Trump Congratulates Exxon Mobil for Job-Creating Investment Program” and was put out within the same hour as an ExxonMobil release about the same “Growing the Gulf” initiative touted in the White House statement, according to The Washington Post. An ExxonMobil spokesman told that the company shared its release with the White House, which to some extent explains how an entire paragraph from the White House statement is almost identical to one in the ExxonMobil release.

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