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Eight More Companies (including Wal-Mart) Dump Glenn Beck

August 17, 2009

According to a press release put out today by the organization Color of Change, the campaign to encourage companies to pull their advertising revenue from Glenn Beck’s FOXNews show earned some major new signatories:

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.

The campaign began after the hyperbolic radio and TV shock jock, in only his latest departure from reality, insisted that President Obama was racist against white people.

You can sign on to the Color of Change campaign here.
In response to the news of staunchly conservative companies such as Wal-Mart jumping ship, Glenn Beck’s conservative supporters didn’t take the news laying down.


Matthew Vadum, writing at The American Spectator, condemned the young organization as nothing but an “extremist racial grievance group [with] an ax to grind”, stating:

The race-baiting conspiracy theorists of Color of Change appear to be enjoying some success in their campaign to convince advertisers to boycott the Glenn Beck Program.

Erick Erickson, writing at RedState.com, called for a counter-boycott (of FOXNews advertisers?) and displayed his own withdrawal from reality by insisting:

Barack Obama’s brownshirts are after Glenn Beck. We can’t let them win. . . We need to strike back and boycott these groups for ditching Beck. If they are going to fold so easily in the face of Obama brownshirts, we must push back.

Meanwhile, Clare Kolewski, writing at The Examiner appealed to a higher power than mere boycotts (the image below actually appeared on her post):

Anyone who regularly watches the Glen Beck Show knows these claims to be entirely untrue. In an attempt to present this in a spiritual light, one must consider a broader perspective on the blatant persecution of anyone who passionately stands up for the Truth–for these are signs of the Times in which we live. . . . Lucifer is the great deceiver and if we do not pray for discernment we, too, will be swallowed up in the twisted truths and false accusations. These are perilous times–frightening times–for we are fighting an invisible enemy. Our hope is in complete trust in God and the graces that we receive from the Sacraments.

It should, of course, be no surprise that conservatives have actively supported boycotts of Disneyland for honoring the rights of gay and lesbian couples, General Motors for not choosing to collapse rather than accept government assistance and anything French because, well, because these people are completely bat shit crazy.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2009 4:34 am

    Unfortunately, some have chosen to boycott reality.

  2. Ian permalink
    August 18, 2009 11:03 am

    So tell us how your urging people to punish Glenn Beck by signing the Color of Change demand is supportive of his right to free speech. The guy seems like a jerk to me, but I flat refuse to sign the Color of Change petition because it’s just as much of a blind knee-jerk as what Beck said.
    Let us know when you’ve resigned your membership of the thought police, Eric.

  3. Eric Michael Johnson permalink*
    August 18, 2009 12:19 pm

    @Ian: Explain to me again how petitioning companies to voluntarily withdraw their money from a demagogue promoting division is forcing people to think a single way? It is the essence of a free market that individuals make decisions about how they spend their money and which companies they support. I can support whatever such petitions I like and, if you disagree, start your own boycott.

  4. Morton permalink
    August 24, 2009 12:53 pm

    Why should I sign? Because Beck thinks Obama is racist? I voted for Obama and I have no use for an ideologue like Beck, but he’s entitled to express his opinion without the mob bully tactics of a boycott.
    I mean, look at this quote from a news article:
    “We support vigorous debate, especially around policy issues that affect millions of Americans, but we expect it to be informed, inclusive and respectful,” said (CVS Caremark) spokeswoman Carolyn Castel.
    What kind of tortured doublespeak is that? We support debate as long as *we* approve it according to… who know what standards? Is it in the CVS employee handbook? Who knows? It’s a nonstatement that nullifies itself to a zero. It’s the sort of dialog a satirist would write for a movie script poking fun at corporate PR people.
    Eight years of calling Bush (who I also had no use for) everything under the sun, and suddenly the Presidency is off limits for expressing harsh opinion? Greg Laden here on ScienceBlogs can call every single person who has any question about the health care bill a racist Nazi? He also said just about every “White person” in the suburbs is racist. That’s OK? Some here on SB call anyone who is not 100% pure and prefect atheist an idiot (or worse).
    You post a link to anything you wrote decrying the treatment of the Presidency when Bush was in there, Eric, and I’ll go sign your little petition.

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