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Apple Boycotts Fox News

Apple Boycotts Fox News

One of my favorite chapters in my advance copy of Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and The Triumph of Ignorance by Alexander Zaitchik is the chapter that covers Color of Change’s campaign against Glenn Beck’s race baiting. Color of Change urged advertisers to drop ads on Beck’s show after he accused President Obama of being a racist and of having a “deep seated hatred of white people.” Their campaign has been hugely successful according to the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz, convincing more than 200 advertisers to join the boycott of Beck’s show including Wal-Mart, Sprint, State Farm Insurance, Verizon Wireless, SC Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup Company, AT&T, Best Buy, and Bank of America.

According to Color of Change’s James Rucker, Fox News Channel is struggling to fill advertising slots on Beck’s show as evidenced by the surge in house ads for Fox News and gold coins. But a more important result of Color of Change’s campaign against Beck may be the fact that some companies have pulled ads from Fox News entirely, including Apple.  According to Kurtz, Fox News staffers are deeply divided over Beck:

“Beck has become a constant topic of conversation among Fox journalists, some of whom say they believe he uses distorted or inflammatory rhetoric that undermines their credibility.”

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Fox News is still considered a credible news source by some people?” I guess some employees are still hoping, and certainly, every employee of Fox News is not Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, or Rush Limbaugh.

Color of Change is still running their boycott campaign against Glenn Beck so add your name if you haven’t already. And be sure to thank advertisers like Apple who have pulled advertising from Fox News and Glenn Beck’s shows. Visit BoycottFoxNews.com for a list of sponsors by show and for the entire network.

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7:03AM PST on Jan 9, 2011

Great job Apple!

8:15PM PDT on May 20, 2010

An apple a day keeps the teabags away...

10:06AM PDT on May 2, 2010

FOX still has "news" after its name?

2:18PM PDT on Apr 28, 2010

Nice job Apple!

10:33AM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

Hey Sarah errr....Faylinn. Before we get on with a discussion about Gore's supposed hypocrisy, let's deal with YOURS. You clearly have your panties in a bunch about my previous personal attacks and disparaging remarks. But then you attempt to scold me for my 'bad' behavior by making a disparaging remark towards me? I haven't looked yet, but I think there's a better chance that I'll see your picture in the dictionary than Gore's. By the way, just what "ilk" are my people, anyhow?

You are a thoughtless dweeb, brainwashed by your rightwing gods. Debating you would be like shooting flightless ducks.

But first, let's see if you can explain YOURSELF, without calling names. You betcha!

10:32AM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

Hey Sarah errr....Faylinn. Before we get on with a discussion about Gore's supposed hypocrisy, let's deal with YOURS. You clearly have your panties in a bunch about my previous personal attacks and disparaging remarks. But then you attempt to scold me for my 'bad' behavior by making a disparaging remark towards me? I haven't looked yet, but I think there's a better chance that I'll see your picture in the dictionary than Gore's. By the way, just what "ilk" are my people, anyhow?

You are a thoughtless dweeb, brainwashed by your rightwing gods. Debating you would be like shooting flightless ducks.

But first, let's see if you can explain YOURSELF, without calling names. You betcha!

9:32AM PDT on Apr 25, 2010

Way to go, Apple! Thank you!

12:48AM PDT on Apr 24, 2010

@ Kenneth M, I see you don't dispute the facts of the statements, you just disparage with personal attacks. But, that is to be expected of people of your ilk. (Do you need a dictionary for that word, BTW?) Look up "hypocrisy" in the dictionary & you see Al Gore's pic. He travels around the globe in a private jet & the electricity his home chews up leaves a carbon footprint the size of Texas. Not to mention the fact that he refuses to give up meat, even though environmentalists claim that cow emissions cause more harm to the enviroment than cars in rush hour traffic. Now, I explained MY position like an adult, so let's hear yours as to why he's NOT a hypocrite. And let's see if you can do it without calling names. Betcha you can't!

12:46AM PDT on Apr 24, 2010

I happen to enjoy Fox. However, I don't use it as a news source any more than I use NBC, CBS, CNN, etc. Unfortunately, journalism has become more about politics and less about honestly reporting the news. Personally, I wish companies would boycott The View.

No matter, we all have a right to our opinions, our beliefs, and, most importantly, the right to express them. Unfortunately, for all the insistence on the right of this and the preservation of that -- the commenters on this site, in general, do not respect other views and often support opinion only with more opinion.

3:39AM PDT on Apr 23, 2010

Great article. Thanks Apple and all the other companies that stopped advertising on Fox News, for doing the right thing.

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