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This should creep you out.

This video appears to be a clip from the Conan O'Brien Show where he assembled multiple clips from various "news" outlets, mostly local, all using the exact same phrase. Here's the transcript for those with no video capabilities:

Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television.

There were actually 18, but three I think varied it a bit.

My assumption is the copy was written by a PR Firm, and was distributed out to all these outlets. While troubling, this wouldn't be a groundbreaking revelation in itself. Local news outlets have been busted before using fake news produced by PR firms, including some working for the Bush administration. And, as far as we know from this video, it is 'entertainment news' so it's arguably irrelevant - it looks like these stations buy a 'Hollywood News' type thing like newspapers buy AP's news service or some weeklies buy "News of the Weird".

On the surface, one might see it as amusing to see bundled together, but otherwise pretty benign.

But it does raise serious concerns. It demonstrates yet again that our media environment has become far too centralized, far too controlled by too few players. A great American tragedy has resulted from corrupt legislation that has allowed our local radio, television, and newspapers to be bought up by large media conglomerates.

And instead of many independent and diverse outlets, centered in the local communities they operate in, we have a few corporations spitting out prefabricated copies of fake news.

To have at least 18 different anchors all singing the exact same tune like that, regardless of what they're saying, is just downright creepy.

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