Advertisers shun Beck after "racist" charge vs Obama

Glenn Beck is the current poster boy for TV and radio talkers who talk too much and go for the big-ratings shockers.

On a FOX-TV show recently, the ratings-machine Beck referred to President Obama as a racist with “a deep-seated hatred for white people,” according to an Associated Press story.

The story reported today that more than 30 advertisers have asked FOX not to run their advertisements during Beck’s show any longer. Some of the companies voiced concerns that their customers would associate their products with Beck’s wild-eyed attack on Obama.

Broadcast opinion shouters on the right and the left draw attention to themselves and their networks. It is a hugely profitable venture for both network and pundit in many cases. But Beck’s big mouth is a fine example of how extreme speech still can have negative consequences for the speaker — even in today’s anything-goes environment.

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10 Responses to Advertisers shun Beck after "racist" charge vs Obama

  1. Ben Dover says:

    There is a major difference between the actual reporters on Fox News and the idiots who populate the late evening opinion shows on the network. The true newspeople, while conservative, tend to be quided by facts and knowledge. The opinion shows seems to be shouting and extreme statements. The more extreme and radical things they say are just devices to gain ratings. Fox News opinion talkers often talk of and call for boycots of others but seem upset when others try to boycott them.

  2. laytonian says:

    But…but….but! You’re besmirching the hero of many Utahns, who believe exactly what Beck said. We read them here.

    Can I quit complaining to Pearle Vision yet?

  3. Time for a little fact-checking.

    The “boycott” is driven by accusations from the Color of Change organization, which has, uh, overstated the participation in the action.

    To wit: Representatives of Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, SC Johnson, and Radio Shack say they have given no instructions to pull their ads from the Glen Beck air time.

    State Farm has established a policy of not airing ads on any opinion or political program, regardless of ideology, and has not targeted the Glen Beck show.

    Clorox has never allowed their ads to be aired during opinion/political programs, but they’re on the boycott list too.

    The fact is, right wing broadcasting exists for one reason. Conservative broadcasters attract listeners and companies want the advertising for their products and services seen and heard.

    That means we’ll know in a matter of a few weeks if this boycott has any teeth in it at all. I’m holding my breath.

  4. Al says:

    What are you talking about, Neal? The linked article _quotes_ a representative of Clorox who refers to the company’s decision to discontinue advertising on Beck’s program:

    “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.”

  5. Bob says:

    I’m curious, Neal, what’s your opinion of Beck and his racist accusation against the President of the United States? You claim to be a member of the Democratic Party, but you defend the conservatives, even the ultra-right, every chance you get. I would think someone in your position would find Beck very offensive and would support a boycott of his show and trash mouth.

  6. Jorge Quesada says:

    Do you think Obama slept through all of Jeremiah Wright’s racist rants?

  7. laytonian says:

    Looks like Beck’s going for a trifecta. Now he’s accusing the boycott organizer of being a “terrorist” who ““held study groups in the Marxist and Lenin teachings.”

    Well, gee, Glenn. I guess you’re going to call ME a terrorist next, because my teacher Larry Tomlinson at Ogden High School, in the mid-1960s American Values course he self-developed, had us studying Marxism, Socialism and Leninism….as well as Hitler. That class was so knee-jerk right-wing, it had a profound effect on my political beliefs — and not in the prescribed direction.

    But….I guess this is just more right-wing “education is bad and breeds commie-pinkos so we’d better all stert homskoolin hour kidz sew thay dont groe up tobe liberalz”???

    Since WHEN, Glenn Beck, should a portion of the American public remain UNeducated about politics? As long as you can make millions of dollars a year, by pouring lies into their gullible brains?

    Jorge Quesada: tell us what church you belong to, and I’m sure we can twist someone’s sermon into an eye-boiling political screed. Do you dishonor ALL veterans?

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  9. Speak the truth says:

    The number of advertisers that pulled (which means they air on FOX at another time) is actually 11. Big deal..Fox still gets the money. By the way, Geico has actually lost 10,000 customers since it moved it advertising. The biggest losers are the advertisers. What morons.

  10. Speak the truth says:

    laytonian
    on Aug 25th, 2009
    @ 1:17 pm:
    Looks like Beck’s going for a trifecta. Now he’s accusing the boycott organizer of being a “terrorist” who ““held study groups in the Marxist and Lenin teachings.”

    Well, gee, Glenn. I guess you’re going to call ME a terrorist next, because my teacher Larry Tomlinson at Ogden High School, in the mid-1960s American Values course he self-developed, had us studying Marxism, Socialism and Leninism….as well as Hitler. That class was so knee-jerk right-wing, it had a profound effect on my political beliefs — and not in the prescribed direction.

    But….I guess this is just more right-wing “education is bad and breeds commie-pinkos so we’d better all stert homskoolin hour kidz sew thay dont groe up tobe liberalz”???

    Since WHEN, Glenn Beck, should a portion of the American public remain UNeducated about politics? As long as you can make millions of dollars a year, by pouring lies into their gullible brains?

    Jorge Quesada: tell us what church you belong to, and I’m sure we can twist someone’s sermon into an eye-boiling political screed. Do you dishonor ALL veterans?

    ______________

    If you are so smart and intelligent than why dont you dispute his facts here? Go ahead, we will check back. If not, then STFU. We have heard enough of you liberal blowhards for way too long. Waa wasa waa, Bush, waa, waa , waa Beck, waa, waa, waa Rush, waa waa waa, Fox, waa waa waa waa waa waa waa waa.

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