Great news -- yet another major company has acted in response to our campaign calling on Glenn Beck's advertisers to stop supporting his show. GEICO told us that they will no longer run ads during Beck's show.This comes on the heels of news last week that four other advertisers -- Lawyers.com, Progressive Insurance, Procter & Gamble, and SC Johnson -- also distanced themselves from Beck.... As Glenn Beck's advertisers learn of his hateful rhetoric, and how deeply it concerns thousands of organized people across the country, they're deciding that they don't want their companies associated with Beck's divisive fear-mongering.
Ah, isn't it refreshing to know that somewhere in corporate America there are folks who understand that words have meaning? That they also understand that their advertising dollars have some power is refreshing- especially when that power is used for good. Now that The Dumbest (&^%$#@ Human Being on the Face of the Planet © is finally feeling the heat, I can't help but wonder if things are about to change- i.e., he'll stop with the lies, propaganda and hate speech?
Nah, I don't think that's going to happen, either.
I don't write about my job here as a matter of general policy, but my employer is one of the original four who pulled their advertising from the Glenn Beck Show. The decisions made in our corporate office are way above my pay grade, and I seldom worry about or concern myself with them. Still, this decision is something I'm very proud of. When a company says that they no longer wish to be associated with such a lunatic, I think a line has been drawn. Controversy is one thing; lies, propaganda, and hate speech are quite another. Finally, The Dumbest (&^%$#@ Human Being on the Face of the Planet © is being hit where it hurts- in his wallet. If enough companies follow suit, perhaps he'll come to understand that having a media forum is not a license for spewing whatever bile happens to pop into his pointy little head.
I don't agree with Glenn Beck- on anything- but I respect his right to his point of view. What I object to are the lies, the ignorance, the mindless, unsupportable hatred (Obama has a deep-seated hatred of White people??), and his blithe advocacy of violence against those he disagrees with (poisoning Nancy Pelosi). There's a reason I refer to him as The Dumbest (&^%$#@ Human Being on the Face of the Planet ©...it's because I can't tell you what I REALLY think about him. It's not fit for a family show.
That Beck's lunacy continues to have a forum on radio and television only serves to support the contention that Fox Noise Channel is nothing more than a Right-wing propaganda outlet. Objective journalism? Fair and balanced? Propaganda mouthpiece for the far Right? I don't think I need to tell you what I think....
Advertisers flexing their muscles by pulling advertising dollars can, of course, be a double-edged sward. In this case, I think they're doing the right thing. This is not about intimidation and/or trying to silence a voice. No, this is about drawing a line and recognizing when their ad buys support ignorance, lunacy, and hate speech. Will this trend ultimately have an impact? Will The Dumbest (&^%$#@ Human Being on the Face of the Planet © lose his platform? I'm not naive enough to expect that this will happen, but money talks. If enough of it walks, perhaps Beck's show will (deservedly) go the way of the buffalo. A man can dream, no?
WE DESERVE BETTER.