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Liberal Groups Going After Fox News Advertisers

These groups are trying to pressure advertisers on Fox News to abandon the news channel. Considering that Fox is the highest rated cable news channel, they'd be really foolish to do so. From the AP:

Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network.

MoveOn.org, the Campaign for America's Future and liberal blogs like DailyKos.com are asking thousands of supporters to monitor who is advertising on the network. Once a database is gathered, an organized phone-calling campaign will begin, said Jim Gilliam, vice president of media strategy for Brave New Films, a company that has made anti-Fox videos.

The groups have successfully pressured Democratic presidential candidates not to appear at any debate sponsored by Fox, and are also trying to get Home Depot Inc. to stop advertising there.

At least 5,000 people nationwide have signed up to compile logs on who is running commercials on Fox, Gilliam said. The groups want to first concentrate on businesses running local ads, as opposed to national commercials.

"It's a lot more effective for Sam's Diner to get calls from 10 people in his town than going to the consumer complaint department of some pharmaceutical company," Gilliam said.

Some of videos produced by Gilliam's company compile statements made by Fox anchors and guests that the activists consider misleading, such as those that question global warming.

Representatives for Fox News Channel, which is owned by News Corp., did not immediately return calls for comment.

Home Depot has not had an unusual number of calls, said spokesman Jerry Shields, and the home improvement chain will not change its advertising strategy.

"We're not in the business of censoring media," Shields said. "We need to reach our customer base through all mediums available."

And they'll reach far more customers on Fox News than they will on CNN or MSNBC.


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Comments (52)

"What a bully and a punk... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"What a bully and a punk. Trying to silence someone who doesn't worship the same false religion."

Bad form, I agree -- it reminds me of the right wing's boycott of the Ditzy Chicks

3. Posted by Lee Ward | July 27, 2007 3:16 PM

What do you think of this boycott, Lee?

The answer is really simple... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry Author Profile Page:

The answer is really simple. People who watch Fox News just need to boycott any business that pulls it's ads.

Knowing the Democrats won't show their faces on Fox News is great. Fox can publicly invite them and hold many debates in the run up to the general election. If the Democrat's candidate doesn't show up the Republican's candidate can spend an hour or so answering softball questions. The key is that the Democrat has to be publicly invited; even challenged.

Again, the liberals bring a... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Again, the liberals bring a knife to a gunfight. Businesses will advertise of the shows with the most viewers. Period. They do not advertise on Fox because they agree with them. They could care less. Can the liberals be more stupid? Eh...yeah. ww

lee won't answer that Les. ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

lee won't answer that Les.

Just shows what a pathetic ... (Below threshold)

Just shows what a pathetic miserable existence the average libtard leads.

And I love this one:

Some of videos produced by Gilliam's company compile statements made by Fox anchors and guests that the activists consider misleading, such as those that question global warming.

Once again, if you don't agree with them, you have to keep your mouth shut. That's the open-minded liberal way..."Don't question global warming at all...it's true!"

Best defense is a good offe... (Below threshold)
f1guyus:

Best defense is a good offense, let the Fox advertisers know you will take your business elsewhere if they pull their ads in response to attempted blackmail from the lefties.

I would be proud not to hav... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I would be proud not to have ANY member of MoveOn or Kos buy my product or use my services.

.. if Fox doesn't pull the ... (Below threshold)
yo:

.. if Fox doesn't pull the plug on the endless parade of "divas gone bad" coverage, I may boycott them, myself.

Oh, and they need to show Gerlado the door.

As for the the topic of this discussion, it is kinda' cute to watch a bunch of socialists try to use capitalism as a weapon. Kinda' reminds me why I never let babies play with loaded pistols.

First of all Mac, FOX is th... (Below threshold)
arcman:

First of all Mac, FOX is the one network that I have not seen anchors throwing softballs on a regular basis. The funny thing in this matter is that "liberals", "progressives", or what ever the title of the day is, all comes down to the fact that they are nothing but leftist socialists. The true meaning of the word liberal is a far cry from what the Moron.org, Democratic Underground, and Kos crowd really believe.

Yes it IS simple, US vs THE... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

Yes it IS simple, US vs THEM.
Libs want to cry and whine for a boycott, all we do is send the message of what will happen in response.

Let the majority rule.....................

Sometimes the squeaky wheel doesn't get the grease, it gets smashed and thrown away!!!!

Les quoted me me on Paul's ... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Les quoted me me on Paul's thread re: efforts to pressure Global Warming skeptic Marlo Lewis to suppress his opinion:

Bad form, I agree -- it reminds me of the right wing's boycott of the Ditzy Chicks

3. Posted by Lee Ward | July 27, 2007 3:16 PM

Les then said: "What do you think of this boycott, Lee?"

I don't think individuals should be pressured just because they express an opinion or exercise their right to free speech - and that position is obviously something with which Lorie Byrd and the right wing bloggers here on Wizbang disagree.

I've even gone so far as to say the left should not boycott Ann Coulters' books, speeches, etc. People are entitled to express their opinion in this country, and economic boycotts against individuals in an effort to suppress free speech is something I'm against. Coulter is free to say and write her opinion, and Americans should be free to read her books.

However, as I said regarding Coulter, it's perfectly okay in my book to boycott and pressure the corporations who profit from hate speech, etc. Corporations are not citizens and don't have free speech rights.

So I think a boycott of Fox News advertisers is fine, and I think a boycott of Daily Kos advertisers is fine too. I think boycotts of the Ditzy Chicks and Ann Coulter, etc are not okay.

btw - read this comment quickly - because Jay has been deleting every comment I make on Wizbang since about two weeks ago - and unless he's busy fondling his duck he'll delete this one too.

Lee, again, you make no sen... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Lee, again, you make no sense. Your world is very different then the one most americans live in. ww

Lee, what is the difference... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Lee, what is the difference between boycotting a corporation and boycotting a person or group?

I can't wait to hear your whacked-out lefty spin on that one.

People have free speech rig... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

People have free speech rights in this country. Corporations do not.

It's that wacked-out left-spin Constitution talking, CCG - you know the document that you bushbots think is just a meaningless piece of paper.

I'm sure you can cite a leg... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

I'm sure you can cite a legal precedent for that, Lee.

Please do so now.

And if you think I am a Bus... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

And if you think I am a Bush-ite, you're stupider than you appear... and that's scary.

I am on record as opposing his amnesty fiasco, I opposed Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, I think it took him far too long to find a good strategy for Iraq, I opposed the Medicare drug program, I opposed No Child Left Behind... shall I continue?

Just because I don't froth at the mouth and ascribe hurricanes to Dubya, doesn't mean I worship the ground he walks on.

I'm sure your BDS-infected brain won't see the difference, tho.

"I'm sure you can cite a... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"I'm sure you can cite a legal precedent for that, Lee. Please do so now."

Only because you said please...

The Nike decision -- it determined that Corporations don't have human free-speech rights. Instead it's considered "commercial speech" and falls into the same category as advertising.

As to your "bush-botedness" I understand you break into tears easily, CCG, so I'll save that discussion for another day.

C-C-G:<b... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

C-C-G:


I'm sure you can cite a legal precedent for that, Lee.
Please do so now.

The real question is where the distinction between an lies. The fool is rationalizing his position. I'd even wager that the 'Dixie Chicks' are structured as a corporate entity.

As usual, the liberal tacti... (Below threshold)

As usual, the liberal tactic boils down to nothing more than, "If you disagree with me, you must be silenced." That way, when no one speaks out against the latest drivel the liberals have to say, they are obviously right! Proof-by-lack-of-opposition, or something. Of course, if majority ruled science, we would still be living on a flat planet in a geocentric solar system...

The amusing thing is that it took the little liberals this long to realize they could try and use economic leverage to try and accomplish their pathetically nefarious plans - I guess that kind of thought would not naturally occur to a born-and-bred socialist. The only unfortunate thing is that DailyKos alone has thousands upon thousands of hate-filled, vitriolic-spewing, mindless automatons more than willing to follow just about anyone's bidding, so long as it involves trashing Bush, Fox News, conservatives, or anyone who disagrees with them. Of course, if their letters to the companies are as coherent as their posts to their all-important webpage, I doubt anyone will pay them the slightest bit of heed.

Mr. Shields is exactly on the mark - any company will advertise where they believe they will get the greatest exposure for their money. And considering that FoxNews is one of the most popular channels out there (if not the most, but I will not delve into statistics), they would have to lose more than a few screws to withdraw their advertisements on the irrational and disjointed complaining of a few malcontents.

I guess the worst thing is just how many people in this country define themselves solely by their hate of other people, specifically those who would dare disagree with them. What a sad, pathetic existence...

As to your "bush-b... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
As to your "bush-botedness" I understand you break into tears easily, CCG, so I'll save that discussion for another day.

In other words, "I can't prove that you're a Bush-bot because you disagree with him, so rather than admit that I am wrong, I'll toss in an ad hominem attack and hope that you let me get away with it."

Not a f---ing chance, Lee. I can take it. Let's roll.

Lee is a pot smoking libera... (Below threshold)
scrapiron Author Profile Page:

Lee is a pot smoking liberal. Pot smoking (even the weekend variety) has been proven to lead to paranoia and insanity. Watch how you talk to him or he'll resort to violence instead of whining, he now has the insanity defense.

Lee, what the HELL are corp... (Below threshold)
SAHMmy:

Lee, what the HELL are corporations composed of if not PEOPLE?!

Ergo, the PEOPLE in corporations have free speech as well

I just noticed I forgot to ... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

I just noticed I forgot to close the blockquote tag.

I am sure it won't cause any person of reasonable intelligence any trouble figuring out what I intended to say, tho.

"I can take it. Let's ro... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"I can take it. Let's roll."

No, you can't. BryanD explained it here.

By the way, BryanD isn't banned at Wizbag Blue, so you're welcome to come over there any time you feel brave.

After all - 'you can take it', right? lol! Here you are commenting on the subject of free speech and you hide behind Jay Tea's heavy-handed hammer to protect your from BryanD's opinions.

You should explain to Jay that BryanD shoudn't be banned -- now THAT would show that you can take it, CCG - but you won't... you're a puss.

Leeward, you deliberately a... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Leeward, you deliberately avoided the question.

Let's try again. Prove that I am a Bush-bot, or retract the statement and apologize.

No more bringing in red herrings, please. They stink up the place.

"Again, the liberals bring ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"Again, the liberals bring a knife to a gunfight. Businesses will advertise of the shows with the most viewers. Period. They do not advertise on Fox because they agree with them."

Lowe's apparently has pulled ads. They don't want to be associated with hate speech.

Lee you are full of so much... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Lee you are full of so much shit it's a wonder you don't moo.

So, great, I'd welcome the ... (Below threshold)
-S- Author Profile Page:

So, great, I'd welcome the Democrats nabbing the main irritants on FOX here in CA: (1.) Cox Communications (DNC donor); HEAD-ON (which annoys everyone more than the Cox self-promotions do; (3.) e-harmony.com (also highly annoying to nearly everyone; and, (4.) Lunesta and some prostate-shrinking medication (leave-the-room ad spots).

Great, problem solved for me as to having to hit MUTE infinite times every hour in every day just to get a tad of peace.

The Democrats always seem to wage these "let's get 'em" campaigns that end up gettin' the Democrats and their donors.

Fine by me.

Hate speach? Jp you are r... (Below threshold)
RobLACal.:

Hate speach? Jp you are retard. It's you and your party of traitors that cry like babies spewing hate speach. Don't you hear yourselves?

Lee you are full o... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:
Lee you are full of so much shit it's a wonder you don't moo.

He does. Every time he posts I get "deja moo"--the feeling I've heard this bullshit before.

(Quote): .. if F... (Below threshold)
-S- Author Profile Page:

(Quote):
.. if Fox doesn't pull the plug on the endless parade of "divas gone bad" coverage, I may boycott them, myself.

Oh, and they need to show Gerlado the door.

As for the the topic of this discussion, it is kinda' cute to watch a bunch of socialists try to use capitalism as a weapon. Kinda' reminds me why I never let babies play with loaded pistols.

8. Posted by yo (End Quote)
---------------------------------

Words to live by, well said, well said, indeed.

I have no idea what Geraldo is doing taking up space on FOX but I don't know one viewer who even remotely enjoys seeing/hearing him.

The other one that FOX has recently been smitten with -- to their detriment -- is Harvey Levin as to his TMZ site. It's such trash, such swamp water, I can't understand why he (nor Geraldo) are on FOX.

But I wish FOX would stop it with this courting of Liberals. The nonstop coverage of "bad blond drunk girls," Levin's gossip and Geraldo's patent falsehoods (so many I can't summarize them here easily but they're all as to illegal aliens, umm, HISPANIC illegal aliens) is such a turn-off. I can't imagine who enjoys or even listens to this.

And I'm a FOX viewer (love Hannity and O'Reilly, especially).

Hey wee wee we would come o... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey wee wee we would come over to bluie but if we say BOO you ban us. lol As to byranDirtbag who want to talk to the guy that belives that steel does not melt and Area 51 still has the alien and his spaceship. We need a good laugh every now and then so how about you posting one of his comments over at kiddie site so we can read it. Sorry I forgot that you are covered up with comments to your threads and don't have time. Never mine then.

Actually, if bD wants to ta... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Actually, if bD wants to talk to me, he's not been banned on my blog. He can still read comments here, I think, just not post, so he can get the link to my blog. And if he can't read the comments, Leeward can give him the URL.

Leave it to leftists bully ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Leave it to leftists bully boys like MOVEON to want to stiffle the one bit of truth in the news SCREW MOVE ON

I'm still waiting for Leewa... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

I'm still waiting for Leeward to prove his point or apologize.

Let's try again. ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
Let's try again. Prove that I am a Bush-bot, or retract the statement and apologize.

LeeWard doesn't do that (apologize). When he's wrong, he lies and runs. Witness, in the past week he lied and falsely accused Paul of something and when caught, he ran like a coward, as usual.

I'm still waiting ... (Below threshold)
I'm still waiting for Leeward to prove his point or apologize.

Don't hold your breath. I'm still waiting for leeward to identify the racists who opposed the Senate Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Bill. He played his race baiting pimp card, then he never produced.

Lowe's apparently ... (Below threshold)
Lowe's apparently has pulled ads. They don't want to be associated with hate speech.

26. Posted by jp2 | July 27, 2007 10:10 PM

Is there a link for that or is that just some made up garbage.

I'm sure there's several li... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

I'm sure there's several links - I've read the Lowe's story in a couple of places. Just do a blog search for Lowe's + O'Reilly.

Do you need help crossing the street too?

Aren't you curious as to why Kim leaves out important details such as the fact that Lowe's yanked their advertising from Fox? I am...

Ahh, Leeward returns!... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Ahh, Leeward returns!

Gonna either prove that I am a Bush-bot or retract that statement, Leeward?

Aren't you curious... (Below threshold)
Aren't you curious as to why Kim leaves out important details such as the fact that Lowe's yanked their advertising from Fox? I am...

Actually, they didn't pull it from Fox News, just from O'Reilly's show. And it had nothing to do with the hypocrites from the left and their anti-free speech stance.

Lee "The Thief" Ward:... (Below threshold)
marc:

Lee "The Thief" Ward:

Aren't you curious as to why Kim leaves out important details such as the fact that Lowe's yanked their advertising from Fox? I am...

Why yes I was curious, so I went a searchin'.

And found this link and this link.

And low and behold and despite what the blithering idiots (I'm lookin' at you Lee and you jp2) in this thread are trying to foist off on the rest of us, DKos and moneone had nothing to do with Lowes pulling their ads.

Lowes in fact are complaing with a long standing policy, nothing more.

So mister "Screw'em" at DKos can deflate his overinflated ego his little attempt at censorship via a boycott is just a bunch of hot air.

Opps!The se... (Below threshold)
marc:


Opps!

The second link reference should lead here.

Bravo, Marc!Watch ... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Bravo, Marc!

Watch the lefties spin now!

"Gonna either prove that... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

"Gonna either prove that I am a Bush-bot or retract that statement, Leeward?

You're proving it for me. Look how you keep repeating the same programing, over and over -- reboot CCG - get a life.

As to Lowes and O'Reilly - so you're saying they pulled their ads from the O'Reilly's show because they have a policy of not advertising on shows like O'Reily's --- uhn duhuuuuuhh, so why were their ads there on O'Reilly's in the first place -- lol!

You don't realize how moronic you guys sound, do you? You point to right wing blogger who speaks from his ass, and you repeat his ass speak and gloat.

THANKS FOR PROVING THEY PULLED THEIR ADS FROM O'REILLY'S SHOW. If the reason they pulled the ad was because it's against their policy to advertise on shows like O'Reilly's -- WHY WERE THEIR ADS THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!

Lol - I know I"m repeating myself but it's just too much fun, lol

lol! You guys are priceless - a laugh a minute.

Here's a <a href="http://me... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Here's a link back to when the story first broke, back in February, and it documents what O'Reilly did that prompted Lowe's pulling their ads.

Here's <a href="http://www.... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Here's another link that has this Janaury 25 email from Lowes. O'Reilly's remarks that prompted the ad pull (linked above)occurred on January 15.

Marc - your dishonesty is showing - you should be ashamed. You can fool the fools like CCG, 'cause he's not the brightest bulb on the tree, that's obvious, but if you did indeed google Lowes + O'Reilly you would have seen these links -- and you choose to conveniently ignore the truth.

tsk tsk... Now go put away your slot cars and wash up for dinner, putz.

Leeward, I am harping on it... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Leeward, I am harping on it because you obviously think you can get away with lying about me... and I ain't gonna let you. I shall remind you every time I respond to you until you either prove that I have supported every single one of Bush's programs (which is impossible) or retract the statement.

By the way, got a hot news flash for ya. There is more to Fox News Channel than Bill O'Reilly. Pulling the ads from one show is not the same as pulling all ads from all shows on that channel. And you are a liar because you cannot be so stupid as to not realize that, Leeward.

Go back to Blue, where you can bask in the adoration of your sycophants and delete any posts that actually criticize you.

Frankly, I hate Bill O'Reil... (Below threshold)

Frankly, I hate Bill O'Reilly myself. His show is completely unwatchable except when Michelle Malkin guesthosts. Good for Lowes'. Now is there anything actually significant in this discussion?

Thought not.

I"m the one who pointed out... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

I"m the one who pointed out that it was O'Reilly's show. Go read my comments see #39, where i point out that it was on O'Reilly' show.

You are such a blithering idiot... and that's why I ignore crap like your demand that I retract blah blah blah -- you're just a bellowing conservative jackass.

You lied... your little slot-car loving buddy marc lied... tsk tsk -- what has the conservative world come to?

I lied? Where, specifically... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

I lied? Where, specifically, did I lie, Mr. Lyin' Leeward?

Oh, you still owe me... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Oh, you still owe me a retraction for your lie about me being a Bush-bot, Lyin' Leeward.




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