UK doesn’t love Glenn Beck?
A little repost of a recent Think Progress Article. Thought it may give some joy to those that are working to boycott the advertisers of Fox’s favorite mouthpiece Glenn Beck:
Today, Color of Change and StopBeck.com announced that the United Kingdom has forcefully rejected Fox News host Glenn Beck. In fact, the UK broadcast of his show “was forced to run without any advertisements” for five days in a row as of yesterday. Additionally, 103 companies have agreed to stop their ads from appearing on his program. Some of the latest defections include Allstate Insurance, Anheuser-Busch, Idaho Potato Commission, Marriott International, Volkswagen, and Western Union. Some of their comments:
– “We in no way want to promote the hateful rhetoric of Mr. Glenn Beck, and therefore take this matter very seriously,” said Dino Balzano, director of advertising at Concord Music Group, parent company of Hear Music, in an email to ColorOfChange.org.
– “We do not intend to have any additional ad placements during the program,” said Jeff Flaherty, spokesperson for Marriott International, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. “I’d like to point out that diversity and inclusion are core values at Marriott and an essential component of our success.”
– “I first learned about this controversy [in November] and asked Fox to take his show out of our rotation,” said Steve Schwartz, executive vice president of consumer services for Intersections, Inc., in an email to ColorOfChange.org. “We no longer advertise on Glenn Beck’s show.”
Personally I think this is a step in the right direction. No before anyone accuses me I am not someone in favor of stifling free speech but neither do I agree with a man being given such a prominent platform to spout hatred and lies. To me Freedom Of Speech comes with responsibilities and Beck has more than pushed the boundaries.
Of course this also comes on top of the news that Rachel Maddow delivered a smackdown on Beck after he publically called her a liar on his show. To which she countered by showing the full clip to which he referred therefore handing the guy his ass back! (Story from Huffington Post 17/2)
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called out Glenn Beck last night for denying that he ever said that snowstorms disprove global warming, and for accusing her of lying about him on the air.
Beck accused Maddow of selectively editing his words to make him appear to say something he didn’t, but when he played back the tape of her to prove his point, he cut out the part where she gave the evidence for him saying that snowstorms disprove climate change.
Maddow ended the segment on a somber note:
[Beck] has made a lot of people very afraid about a lot of things, and that tried and true stratgey has reaped big financial rewards for him and Fox News. I think it’s between you and your god or you and your conscience as to how much you’re willing to stir up Americans’ fear and prejudice for profit. But it’s between you and me when you accuse me of lying.