Advertisers to Glenn Beck: Stop Spewing Hate
August 18, 2009
(ChattahBox)—A total of 20 advertisers have pulled their ads from Glenn Beck’s Fox News program, after the right-wing host denounced President Obama, as a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people” during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
The companies will continue to run ads on the Fox News channel, but requested that their ads not air during the controversial Glenn Beck show.
After Beck’s use of racially charged hate language, the organization, ColorOfChange.org began a campaign to inform Beck’s advertisers of his statements, requesting that the companies stop supporting Beck’s hate speech by airing commercials for their products during his program.
The organization called Beck’s comments “…repulsive, divisive and shouldn’t be on the air.”
James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, said he is “heartened” that so many companies heeded his organization’s call to cease supporting the Glenn Beck show. “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,” said Rucker.
The advertisers dropping their ads from Beck’s show, include the nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, ConAgra, GEICO, Lawyers.com, Men’s Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, State Farm Insurance, Allergan, Ally Bank, Best Buy, Broadview Security, CVS, Re-Bath and Travelocity.
Read some of the statements from the advertisers fighting back against hate speech below:
Carolyn Castel, Vice President of Corporate Communications for CVS Caremark wrote, “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.”
Rucker plans to continue with his organization’s campaign to see that as many of Beck’s advertisers pull their support as possible.”
Amanda Borichevsky, a spokesperson for Travelocity said 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.”
Aziz Mottiwala, Senior Marketing Manager for Allergan wrote, “We reviewed our commercial schedule, and based on your feedback, we’ve put any programming featuring Glenn Beck on our “do not air” list.”
“Our advertising is not an endorsement of editorial content on any program. We have ceased to advertise on the Glenn Beck program,” said a customer care representative for Ally Bank.
Source: Think Progress