Noun: a television, radio, print or internet commercial produced and promulgated with the specific intent to deceive, mislead or confuse the viewer in regard to the motives, purposes and/or activities of the entity producing the commercial. Particularly ubiquitous among political parties, energy conglomerates, tobacco companies, and other large organizations whose primary operation is likely to incur negative public opinion or regulatory scrutiny.
“Ever since the general public became aware of the consequences of global warming, big oil and its dependents have produced one conmercial after another to divert attention from, and discourage any alternatives to, their carbon intensive, environmentally detrimental practices.”
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