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Right Wing Rejects Free Market for Glenn Beck

August 18, 2009

Twenty companies have now pulled their advertising from the Glenn Beck Program (eight of them yesterday). The right wing outrage to the free market at work continues to grow.
The website DefendGlenn.com has today attacked Sargento as “the worst company in the world” because they sent the following response about why they pulled their advertising:

Dear Ms. Sorensen — We appreciate your sharing your concerns about our advertising. Our organization remains true to its mid-western roots and values. Some would say that means we’re conservative. In the end, we hold true to our nation’s heritage that values free expression of varying political opinions. We advertise on Fox News, however, we felt Glenn Beck went too far when he suggested poisoning someone with whom he disagrees. Rhetoric that reflects action that would result in the death of someone is never acceptable to us. Therefore, we have advised our advertising agency that they should reallocate our Fox News buy among other Fox News programs.
Our wish overall is to move beyond the conversation about politics and focus on our primary mission to bring consumers great cheese products. We don’t want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show hosts. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your views with us.
Pat Lombardo
Sargento Consumer Affairs Department

The companies that have now pulled their advertising include: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, ConAgra, GEICO, Travelocity, RadioShack, State Farm Insurance, Men’s Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services), Broadview Security, CVS, Re-Bath, Lawyers.com, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, and Sargento.
You can encourage other companies to sign on to the Color of Change campaign here.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 18, 2009 1:02 pm

    Conservatives in the US have consistently been opposed to a free market for at least the past 150 years. What they want is protected market where their favored companies can maximize profits with no risk of competition. And this applies doubly to the media.

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