Infomercial king Kevin Trudeau is currently cooling his heels in prison for attempting to hide assets from the feds in his fight against the Federal Trade Commission related to his late-night infomercials for the book The Weight-Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.
Trudeau not the only guilty party in late-night TV fraud
But Trudeau, who spent two years in federal prison in the early 1990s for fraud, isn’t the only guilty party here, opines editorial writer Phil Mushnick of the New York Post.
“Trudeau owes so much of his career to TV people.”
“Trudeau owes so much of his career to TV people, to local station and network execs and ad salespersons who didn’t, at any time, give a rat’s toenail whether Trudeau was out to rip off their viewers and/or whether Trudeau came to them with an extensive ‘As-seen-on-TV!’ criminal past,” writes Mushnick.
“All that mattered was that his checks cleared.”
“All that mattered to scores of TV execs — for years, up until Trudeau again was sent away — was that his checks cleared. It was fine that Trudeau fleeced the station’s or network’s viewers — as long as he paid for the privilege.”
“[Disclaimers are] one part self-defense, one part self-indictment.”
Mushnick insists that the disclaimers shown before infomercials are laughably inept at protecting consumers, and seem to be “one part self-defense, one part self-indictment.”