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    I hope the caveman goes postal on Beck.

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    Some of those comments are a little scary. I don't understand all this hate when it comes to Obama. You may not like his policies, but be an adult about it.

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    I'm so glad a few companies are saying no to the insanity of Glenn Beck.

    On a semi-related note, The Daily Show had a great clip on Glenn Beck's health care flip-flop: Video: Glenn Beck's Operation | The Daily Show | Comedy Central
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    Oh God, they are scary. I hate Glenn Beck. I listen to him sometimes and he can be funny. However if these people are his fans, God help us, and I'm an atheist.
    If I can't be a good example, then let me be a horrible warning.

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    More are dropping Beck, including Wal-Mart!
    Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy ditch Glenn Beck (plus 5 more companies)

    By: James Rucker Monday August 17, 2009 1:51 pm

    Big news today. We've confirmed that eight more major advertisers have pulled their support from Glenn Beck's show -- Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CVS, Travelocity, Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank, Broadview Security, and Re-Bath.

    Overall, twenty advertisers have now ended their support of Beck. We're going to keep the pressure on Beck's remaining advertisers this week, and we'll let you know how you can help.

    From the press release we're sending right now:
    Eight more Glenn Beck advertisers, including Wal-Mart -- the world's largest retailer -- have confirmed to ColorOfChange.org that they pulled their ads from the controversial Fox News Channel broadcaster's eponymous show. Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services), Best Buy, Broadview Security, CVS, Re-Bath, Travelocity and Wal-Mart join the dozen other companies who previously distanced themselves from Beck.

    Twenty companies have pulled their ads from Beck's show in just the last two weeks. The moves come after the Fox News host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" during an appearance on Fox & Friends. Previous companies who pulled their ads include ConAgra, GEICO, Lawyers.com, Men's Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, and State Farm Insurance.

    "We are heartened to see so many corporate citizens step up in support of our campaign against Glenn Beck," said James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org. "Their action sends a clear a message to Glenn Beck: Broadcasters shouldn't abuse the privilege they enjoy by spewing dangerous and racially charged hate language over the air. No matter their political affiliation, hate language doesn't belong in our national dialogue."

    "Walmart [sic] today confirmed the retailer pulled ads from the Glenn Beck show on August 3rd," said David Tovar, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart, in an email to ColorOfChange.org.

    "While advertising on Fox is part of our communication plan, we had not requested time on Glenn Beck's show specifically," said Carolyn Castel, Vice President of Corporate Communications for CVS Caremark, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We have instructed our advertising agency to inform Fox to ensure Glenn Beck's program is not part of our advertising plan."

    "Our position is simple," Castel continued. "We support vigorous debate, especially around policy issues that affect millions of Americans, but we expect it to be informed, inclusive and respectful, in keeping with our company's core values and commitment to diversity."

    In an email exchange with ColorOfChange.org, Lisa Svac Hawks, Director of Public Relations for Best Buy, stated that any advertisements for Best Buy that were placed on Glenn Beck's show were done so in error. Svac Hawks pledged that Best Buy will correct any mistakes made.

    "We did not specifically place our ad on the show," said Amanda Borichevsky, a spokesperson for Travelocity in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We buy ads in bulk and then they are placed somewhat randomly. However, we have now specifically asked that our ads do not appear during this show."

    "We reviewed our commercial schedule, and based on your feedback, we've put any programming featuring Glenn Beck on our "do not air" list," said Aziz Mottiwala, Senior Marketing Manager for Allergan, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "This means that you will no longer see any Restasis ads during programming featuring Glenn Beck. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention."

    "Ally advertises on a broad spectrum of programs to reach our potential customers," said a Customer Care Representative for Ally Bank. "Our advertising is not an endorsement of editorial content on any program. We have ceased to advertise on the Glenn Beck program."

    In a phone conversation with Dwayne Sigler, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Broadview Security Systems, Sigler told ColorOfChange.org that Broadview's advertising is bought based on network, not particular programs, but that "given the considerations, we have requested of Fox News not to include us in the rotation that would have our commercials running on Glenn Beck's show."

    "...We are no longer airing our commercials on the Glenn Beck Show..." said Mary Beth Mayer, spokesperson for Re-Bath, in a phone message to ColorOfChange.org.
    As the list of advertisers who don't want themselves associated with Beck continues to grow, our campaign is also getting major media attention, which helps send a strong message to Fox and to Beck's remaining advertisers. Last week, our campaign was mentioned in several media and advertising industry publications, on MSNBC, in the New York Times, and by Stephen Colbert.

    Thanks to everyone who has stepped up and joined this campaign (there are more than 145,000 of you now) -- this wouldn't be possible without your voice. What we've achieved so far is incredible -- it's rare for a campaign directed at a TV show's advertisers to be this successful.

    But we won't stop here. We're going to continue reaching out to Beck's remaining advertisers, and we'll keep you informed on how you can help us escalate the pressure.
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    Hopefully Fox will lose enough advertising dollars because of this lunatic that they will yank his sorry ass off the air. Beck does nothing but incite violence and spread bullshit. He doesn't need to have his insanity broadcasted all over the country.

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    I'm surprised this worked. Limpballs has done much more damage than Beck over the years, and it's been hard to get advertisers to dump him. Unfortunately, these companies haven't pulled their money from Fox, just from Beck show. They're still advertising on O'Reilly and Hannity, I assume. It's a start, though. Baby steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    I'm surprised this worked. Limpballs has done much more damage than Beck over the years, and it's been hard to get advertisers to dump him. Unfortunately, these companies haven't pulled their money from Fox, just from Beck show. They're still advertising on O'Reilly and Hannity, I assume. It's a start, though. Baby steps.

    True, but it's still important for the show to make money for the network. No ad revenue means cancellation. The only ideology network execs understand is $$$$.

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    Do you really think Faux would cancel him?

    Apparently, the AARP is still advertising on his show. Freaky.

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    I wonder if they will yank his show? Fox likes all publicity...negative or positive. Still, Rupert loves his money...we'll have to wait and see.

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    Ever since obama got elected, Beck and Hannity and all the other nutjobs have seen their ratings skyrocket
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    This is glorious. I'm curious about who still advertises on Glenn Beck's show. Here's what I found:
    60 Plus
    AARP
    ADT Security
    Apple
    Avodart
    Brita Filter
    Clorox
    Ditech
    Forex.com
    Golden Corral
    HSBC Life Insurance
    Kraft Foods
    Lunesta
    Lysol
    Mercedes-Benz
    Metastock
    Nexium
    Pacificare
    Pep Boys
    Pfizer
    Rapid Bath
    Red Lobster
    Scottrade
    Super 8 Motels
    Superior Gold Group
    The Wall Street Journal Online
    United Healthcare
    UPS
    USPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali View Post
    This is glorious. I'm curious about who still advertises on Glenn Beck's show. Here's what I found:
    60 Plus
    AARP
    ADT Security
    Apple
    Avodart
    Brita Filter
    Clorox
    Ditech
    Forex.com
    Golden Corral
    HSBC Life Insurance
    Kraft Foods
    Lunesta
    Lysol
    Mercedes-Benz
    Metastock
    Nexium
    Pacificare
    Pep Boys
    Pfizer
    Rapid Bath
    Red Lobster
    Scottrade
    Super 8 Motels
    Superior Gold Group
    The Wall Street Journal Online
    United Healthcare
    UPS
    USPS
    Ok, time to boycott..
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    Quote Originally Posted by *DIVA! View Post
    Ok, time to boycott..
    Good news! Even MORE advertisers have quit supporting him!

    More Advertisers Bolt from Glenn Beck
    NEW YORK — Glenn Beck returns to Fox News Channel on Monday after a vacation with fewer companies willing to advertise on his show than when he left, part of the fallout from calling President Barack Obama a racist.

    A total of 33 Fox advertisers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., CVS Caremark, Clorox and Sprint, directed that their commercials not air on Beck's show, according to the companies and ColorofChange.org, a group that promotes political action among blacks and launched a campaign to get advertisers to abandon him. That's more than a dozen more than were identified a week ago.

    While it's unclear what effect, if any, this will ultimately have on Fox and Beck, it is already making advertisers skittish about hawking their wares within the most opinionated cable TV shows.

    The Clorox Co., a former Beck advertiser, now says that "we do not want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show hosts." The maker of bleach and household cleaners said in a statement that it has decided not to advertise on political talk shows.

    The shows present a dilemma for advertisers, who usually like a "safe" environment for their messages. The Olbermanns, Hannitys, O'Reillys, Maddows and Becks of the TV world are more likely to say something that will anger a viewer, who might take it out on sponsors.

    They also host the most-watched programs on their networks.

    "This is a good illustration of that conundrum," said Rich Hallabran, spokesman for UPS Stores, which he said has temporarily halted buying ads on Fox News Channel as a whole.

    Beck can bring the eyeballs. With the health care debate raising political temperatures, his show had its biggest week ever right before his vacation, averaging 2.4 million viewers each day, according to Nielsen Media Research.

    He was actually on another Fox show July 28 when he referred to Obama as a racist with "a deep-seated hatred for white people." The network immediately distanced itself from Beck's statement, but Beck didn't. He used his radio show the next day to explain why he believed that. He would not comment for this article, spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said.

    ColorofChange.org quickly targeted companies whose ads had appeared during Beck's show, telling them what he had said and seeking a commitment to drop him. The goal is to make Beck a liability, said James Rucker, the organization's executive director.

    "They have a toxic asset," Rucker said. "They can either clean it up or get rid of it."

    It's not immediately clear how many of the companies actually knew they were advertising on Beck's show. Sometimes commercial time is chosen for a specific show, but often it is bought on a rotation basis, meaning the network sprinkles the ads throughout the day on its own schedule. Sometimes ads appear by mistake; Best Buy said it bought commercial time for earlier in the day, and one of its ads unexpectedly appeared in Beck's show.

    One company, CVS Caremark, said it advertises on Fox but hadn't said anything about Beck. Now it has told its advertising agency to inform Fox that it wanted no commercials on Beck.

    "We support vigorous debate, especially around policy issues that affect millions of Americans, but we expect it to be informed, inclusive and respectful," said spokeswoman Carolyn Castel.

    Besides the unpredictability of the opinionated cable hosts, the rapid pace of today's wired world complicates decisions on where to place ads, said Kathleen Dunleavy, a spokeswoman for Sprint. She said she was surprised at how fast the Beck issue spread across social media outlets and how quickly advertiser names were attached to it.

    UPS' Hallabran said the decision to pull commercials "should not be interpreted as we are permanently withdrawing our advertising from Fox." He said the company wants to reach viewers with a wide spectrum of opinions.


    Except for UPS Stores, there's no evidence that any advertisers who say they don't want to be on Beck's show are leaving Fox. Network spokeswoman Irena Briganti said the companies have simply requested the ads be moved elsewhere and that Fox hasn't lost any revenue.

    She wouldn't say whether Fox was benefiting from any anti-anti-Beck backlash, with companies looking to support him. Some Beck supporters have urged fans to express their displeasure at companies for abandoning their man.

    Beck supporters have suggested that retaliation might have something to do with ColorofChange.org's campaign. One of the group's founders, Van Jones, now works in the Obama administration and has been criticized by Beck. But Rucker said Jones has nothing to do with ColorofChange.org now and didn't even know about the campaign before it started.

    Beck's strong ratings – even at 5 p.m. EDT he often outdraws whatever CNN and MSNBC show in prime-time – make it unlikely Beck is going anywhere even as the list of advertisers avoiding him approaches three dozen.

    But it could mean advertising time becomes cheaper on his show than such a large audience would normally command. Some of his show's advertisers last week included a male enhancement pill, a law firm looking to sue on behalf of asbestos victims, a company selling medical supplies to diabetics and a water filter company.

    Rucker said ColorofChange.org has contacted about 60 companies regarding Beck, and is heartened by the response.

    "It's causing a certain conversation around Beck, which I think is important," he said.
    More Advertisers Bolt Glenn Beck

    Here's a list of the advertisers for the last few nights, if anyone is interested:
    Daily Kos: State of the Nation

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    ^None too soon. This is Beck's new book cover:
    Glenn Beck Dresses Up Like a Communist

    By David Weigel 8/24/09 1:32 PM

    Michael Moynihan points to the cover of Glenn Beck’s upcoming book “Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government.” Below the fold:


    Yes, that’s an East German military outfit. Yes, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik was part of the Communist Bloc.
    The Washington Independent » Glenn Beck Dresses Up Like a Communist

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