Is NPR Running Native Ads for Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza?

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza

NPR did a piece on Taco Bell reviving an old menu item, the Mexican Pizza. In NPR’s story, they interviewed a woman, Rima Parikh, who has the most over-the-top valley girl accent. Every sentence seems to end with an up-talk phrasing that makes it seem like a question. The story’s slant has an interesting narrative how this menu item beloved by certain immigrant groups and thus, an important cultural icon. John and Adam noticed that this seems an awful like a native ad being run by NPR. Like many ads, it’s precisely timed – in this case 2:00 minutes.

Listen to the NPR story on Taco
Bell’s Mexican Pizza. Is this an ad?

[NA 1444: 2:26]

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