Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Glenn Beck Loses Sponserships
Media Matters for America is reporting today that Glenn Beck has had more than twenty ads pulled from his show in the last two weeks. Companies like Wal-Mart, Ally Bank, Best Buy, CVS, and others have pulled their ads from the controversial show which is aired on the Fox News Network.
All of this hit the fan for Beck when he said on the show Fox & Friends, that Obama was actually a racist who has a deep seeded hated for white people. Beck is losing more and more of his sponsors because of this radical (yes I yes 'radical'), hate mongering rhetoric.
Other companies that are giving Beck the boot are, "ConAgra, GEICO, Lawyers.com, Men’s Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, and State Farm Insurance."
I've been following this for a while, but I've been too caught up Rush "Limbo" to write anything about it.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
“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.”
This is perfect. It's nonpartisan, and it shows the right wingers that the lefty libs can play the same game. Back when Bush was in office and people called him a warmonger and etc, many pundits like Sean Hannity stepped up and said, "how dare you say those things about our President? That is anti-American!"
Well guys, saying things about Obama like, "he's a racist" is the same thing...but worse. White men in America know NOTHING about racism, except how to proliferate it. And when you come out and just start hatefully smearing someone like that with no proof you should accept the consequences and keep your mouths shut.
Ya know, this has been going on for a while. A lot of people called Bush a racist after Katrina. Kayne West said something to the affect of, "Bush doesn't give a fuck about black people." Then guess what happened at the end of '08? A black man was elected president. Now it's the same game, only slightly reversed. The old white man from Texas isn't the racist. It's the almost old black man for Chicago that's the racist.
Except here's the problem. When Bush was in office you heard a very few people talk about Bush being a racist. Many of the right winged news outlets shot that rhetoric down, and many liberal news outlets wouldn't touch it unless they were super brazen. The truth is, the whole thought that Bush was racist was shot down because no one wants to view their president as some racist who doesn't have the public's interest at mind.
Look everyone, it's called spin. I have been talking about spin for a long time now (even on my older blogs) and all I can say is BEWARE. Know your politicians, know your issues, and know your SPIN. But just keep this in mind; when the left was spinning Bush they never lost a whole bunch of their sponsors. Take into account spin on both sides and you see a kind of middle ground (if you are like me that is). Look at Glenn Becks spin and it takes spin to a whole new level (kind of like Bill O'Reilly, but he is way more articulate then Beck), especially when he hatefully bashes our President and calls him a racist who hates white people. He never gave any kind of scale (lol), so as far as I know Beck is saying, "Obama is one of the biggest racists in the world. He hates every white man with a passion and he wants them all to fall into poverty."
Mr. Beck, with all due respect your hateful rants about the president are wrong and libelous. You shouldn't just lose your sponsors, you should lose your show.