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Geico Pulls Ads From Glenn Beck Show Over Obama "Racist" Remarks... Several Other Companies Jumped Ship Last Week ... Ruppert urdoch is fuming!!!


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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 5:52 pm
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 --, Progressive Insurance, Procter & Gamble, and SC Johnson -- also distanced themselves from Beck. None of this would have been possible without the thousands of people -- more than 75,000, now -- who have taken action and signed our petition to Glenn Beck's advertisers.

From the press release we're sending out this morning:

"On Tuesday, August 4, GEICO instructed its ad buying service to redistribute its inventory of rotational spots on FOX-TV to their other network programs, exclusive of the Glenn Beck program," said a spokesperson for GEICO Corporate Communications in an email to "As of August 4, GEICO no longer runs any paid advertising spots during Mr. Beck's program."

"We applaud GEICO and all of the other companies who have stepped forward to pull their ads from Glenn Beck," said James Rucker, executive director of "Beck's rhetoric is dangerous to the fabric of our democracy, and we are heartened that so many big companies feel the same way. We won't stop here -- we're going to continue our fight to see that as many of Beck's advertisers pull their support as possible."

We're making incredible progress. 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.

If you haven't already signed our petition to Beck's advertisers, please do, and please ask your friends and family to do the same (there's a sample email you can send them here).
We're going to keep reaching out to Beck's remaining advertisers, and we'll keep you posted on ways you can help keep the pressure on.

Thanks so much for your support -- we couldn't do this without you.


Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 5:55 pm
WATCH: Glenn Beck Jokes About Putting Poison In Nancy Pelosi's Wine

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 5:56 pm
Fox New$ : Glenn Beck's Obama "Racist" Attack Costs Him Advertisers Fox News' Glenn Beck is feeling the consequences of his controversial comments on the July 28 episode of "Fox and Friends,"

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 6:35 pm
it's about time -never turn on the channel either -thanks blue -good news:)

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 7:11 pm
I'm SO happy the Gekko jumped ship!:) I think it's about time we started using this tried & true CONservative arm-twisting!:)

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 8:05 pm
Health Care & the Fox News Incentive System

By David Sirota

OpenLeft, 8/11/09

To understand how Fox News crosses the line from right-leaning news outlet into partisan propaganda machine (and there is a difference between the two), look no further than exactly how the network is driving (or at least trying to drive) the health care debate via the congressional town hall meetings.

As a PR tactic, Fox's three-tiered formula is absolutely ingenious:

1. First, Fox has given a huge amount of airtime to covering the lobbyist-organized protests at the town hall meetings, without, of course, mentioning that many of the protests are organized by lobbyists. Mind you, we know this interest in protest and "democracy" is completely politically motivated because we know it is completely new - it's not some ongoing Fox News principle. This is the same network that regularly pilloried anti-war protests during the Bush administration, and gave them almost no coverage, much less positive, whatsoever. So Fox it's safe to assume that Fox is only now interested in protest and democracy because it might hurt President Obama, Democrats and the progressive agenda.

2. Whenever one member of the protestors in the Khaki Pants Offensive makes an especially circus-like scene, Fox then has that particular protestor on for an interview - all under the pretense that the protestor has made him/herself "news." In the last two days alone, I've seen Fox aggressively promote "exclusive" interviews with screaming protestors from Rep. John Dingell's (D-MI) and Rep. David Scott's (D-GA) town meetings. Fox dutifully promotes these people as persecuted martyrs, and their actual claims about health care are barely - if ever - explored for their veracity (or lack thereof).

3. Finally, after helping create the media image of mass protests, Fox has manufactured a reason to continue covering the supposed mass protests. And the cycle starts over.

What this does is create a vicious cycle whereby the small group of conservative activists who are terrorizing these town halls have an incentive to be more and more aggressive. They know that if they can go further than the last supposed martyr, they might get their mug on Fox News. And so from protestors trying to shut down town hall meetings with screaming we get protestors shoving matches and then protestors arming themselves and then protestors making death threats. This is the Fox News Incentive System at work.

Let's be clear: I have absolutely no problem with conservative protestors - even those organized by corporate lobbyists - expressing their strong opposition to health care reform. While I happen to think most of these people are motivated from raw selfishness, and whilepolls show these people represent a tiny minority of Americans, I sincerely believe they have every right to make their voice heard. Indeed, my personal email signature is a Teddy Roosevelt quote which says, "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

However, just because you have a right to speak, doesn't mean you have a right to block/intimidate others from speaking or a right to shut down town hall meetings. That's what the Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd is trying to do in starting its World War Z. And the Fox News Incentive System is rewarding them for it.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, just as I was writing this post, Fox News did a "breaking news" segment that showed a crazed protestor screaming at Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (D). Here's the screen shot from Fox's website. I'm sure the protestor will soon be an "exclusive guest" on a Fox News program. As I said, this is not merely a right-leaning news outlet - it is a partisan propaganda machine.
Columnist, Creators Syndicate
Author, The Uprising (2008) and Hostile Takeover (2006)
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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 8:43 pm

Tea Party Organizers Admit: Goal Is No Reform At All

a group of top Tea Party and conservative organizers offered a surprisingly frank description of their goal: Completely blocking any kind of bipartisan compromise, and completely preventing any type of health care reform bill at all from ever becoming law

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 8:51 pm
Con Agra dropped Glenn Beck

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 5:58 am
who's paying the tea party?

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 10:26 am
Whistleblower: Insurance firms behind town hall disruptions
Man arrested at Obama event had loaded gunHeld in police custody; was also carrying pocket knife...
Stewart recalls conservative attacks on anti-war protesters

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 11:01 am
SPLC report: The "Second Wave" of militia activity is now upon us

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 11:09 am
MORE ADVERTISERS yank Beck spots.

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 12:06 pm
WATCH: Rosa Parks Poster Torn Up At McCaskill Town Hall

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 3:48 pm
* A conservative activist held a "Death to Obama" sign at a town-hall event in Maryland today.

* Another Republican official sending racist emails and assassination jokes? Imagine that.

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 6:20 pm
More and more adverti$er$ bailing out on Fox New$ and Glenn Beck'$ "hate $peech" $how$ ...

Call themout ... every time they tell a lie ... post it here


Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 7:16 pm

Backlash: More companies pull ads from Beck show

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 8:19 pm
Backlash: More companies pull ads from Beck show

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 8:40 pm
You Do Not Have Health Insurance

The Baseline Scenario: "Right now, it appears that the biggest barrier to health care reform is people who think that it will hurt them. According to a New York Times poll, '69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would decline if the government created a program that covers everyone.'

Since most Americans currently have health insurance, they see reform as a poverty program - something that helps poor people and hurts them.

If that's what you think, then this post is for you. You do not have health insurance.

Let me repeat that. You do not have health insurance. (Unless you are over 65, in which case you do have health insurance. I'll come back to that later.)"

So, thanks to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Speaker Pelosi says she will bring a vote to the floor on single-payer after the recess. Are you all ready to make those phone calls and write those letters?

Nancy's contact info..

Send our speaker an e-mail of encouragement.

Mark G (36)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 5:12 am
Yeah the ratings are really crashing over at Fox:
Cable News Ratings for August 11:
Prime Time
FNC – 2,805,000viewers
CNN— 864,000 viewers
MSNBC –1,059,000 viewers
CNBC – 141,000 viewers
HLN – 453,000viewers

In Beck's time slot:
5PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
Glenn Beck– 2,331,000 viewers (687,000) (1,113,000)
Situation Room—748,000 viewers (159,000) (331,000)
Hardball w/ Chris Matthews—621,000 viewers (133,000) (308,000)
Fast Money—245,000 viewers (70,000) (113,000)
Prime News–164,000 viewers (63,000) (100,000)

You really got'em on the run now!

Annie J (205)
Thursday August 13, 2009, 8:29 am
Fox aka Fear Incorporated

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 14, 2009, 3:08 pm needs your help to end Walmart's support for televised hate speech

We are calling on Walmart to immediately pull its ads from the Glenn Beck Program.

Please join the fight--click here to send a letter to Walmart executives demanding they end their support of Glenn Beck's racially charged diatribes

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 17, 2009, 10:55 am
Glenn Beck Loses Another Major Advertiser

Read the whole story: Media Matters for America


Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 17, 2009, 5:58 pm
8 MORE: Walmart, CVS, Best Buy & 5 Others Pull Ads From Beck's Show

Blue Bunting (855)

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 17, 2009, 10:46 pm
at-Largely: Free speech protection does not cover death threats

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 11:15 am

"Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter? Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America."

Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey in arecent Wall Street Journal op-ed on health care.

Whole Foods Backlash & Boycott: Bloggers Outraged Over CEO's Anti-'ObamaCare' Column

Nancy L (141)
Monday August 24, 2009, 12:11 pm
Backlash Against Glenn Beck Boycott
Already a ratings superstar with more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined, Fox News host Glenn Beck is growing even more popular after a left-wing group with ties to the Obama administration tried to force advertisers to boycott his program. That only angered grass-roots conservatives who have launched “Defend Glenn” campaigns across America.


Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 24, 2009, 5:59 pm
More Advertisers Bolt Glenn Beck

A total of 33 Fox advertisers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., CVS Caremark, Clorox and Sprint, directed that their commercials not air on Beck's show, according to the companies and,

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 12:48 pm
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UPS Drops ALL Fox Advertising, Not Just Glenn Beck!! [Updated With Email to UPS]
Rich Hallabran, spokesman for UPS Stores, said today he has not only temporarily halted buying ads on the Glenn Beck Show but also on the Fox News Channel altogether as reported by AP Television writer David BauderCongratulations to Color of Change!

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 28, 2009, 11:01 am
Veterans For Common Sense: Veterans demand an apology from the Republicans and FOX for lies about the VA

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday September 1, 2009, 11:51 am
Beck guest: Health reform may spark ‘black genocide’

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday September 1, 2009, 6:06 pm
* On his radio show today, Glenn Beck decided to "get all Jesus" on his audience, and warned of a "Satan"-like "perversion" of the United States.

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 8:32 am
Beck's soliloquy: 'I am a clown' who 'wants to make money'

$elling raci$m, hatred, violence and evil ...

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 8:47 am
The "Intolerance" Party? GOP Strategists Worry Ideologues Are Bad For The Party's Future

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 9:53 am
Why Glenn Beck, and Fox News, can't escape the "racist" trap

Have so many blue-chip advertisers ever fled a program as quickly as the who's who of corporate America that's sprinted away from Glenn Beck in recent weeks? I certainly cannot recall ever seeing a mass exodus of this scale. The A-list collection of disgruntled Beck advertisers is staggering: Applebee's, AT&T, Bank of America, Best Buy, Campbell Soup...[Read more] [Low bandwidth link]

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 11:48 am
Author: Bachmann, Beck actively trying to get Obama killed

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 5:57 pm
When it comes to healthcare, there is no lie a conservative will not tell.

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday September 3, 2009, 3:49 pm
If this were about a Democrat, it would be perfectly acceptable to treat as legitimate "news" the statement that, "Some say Glenn Beck is
implicated in two rape-murders."

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday September 3, 2009, 5:41 pm
* Glenn Beck is still losing advertisers. 11 more advertisers bail on Beck; total now at 57

From a September 2 press release from

Eleven new companies whose ads were recently seen during Beck's program -- Binder & Binder, Capital One, The Dannon Company, Discover, HSBC, ICAN Benefit Group Insurance, Infiniti, Jelmar (manufacturer of CLR All-Purpose Cleaner), Jordan McKenna Debt Counseling Network, Mercedes-Benz and Simplex Healthcare (creator of the Diabetes Care Club) -- have pledged to to take steps to ensure that their ads don't run on Beck's show. Fifty-seven companies have now committed not to support Beck's show since launched its campaign four weeks ago after the Fox News Channel host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

"We applaud those companies that have recently pulled their support from Beck," said James Rucker, executive director of "There are at least 57 companies who will not tolerate Beck's race-baiting comments and we will continue to reach out to those who are still supporting him."


Blue Bunting (855)
Friday September 4, 2009, 1:28 pm
Beck's Visual Analysis Beck is in very dangerous territory here.

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday September 4, 2009, 6:58 pm
Nothing I can say will prepare you for this (although in deference to Chi Dyke,* I will warn that it involves Glenn Beck. (This is just depressing. They're the optimists.) You might need The Window Cleaner to help wash your brain out. (Thanks to Anna.)

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday September 7, 2009, 1:24 pm
CNN's Beck on the blind: "Just to piss them off, I'm going to put in Braille on the coffee pot ... 'Pot is hot.' Ow!" | Media Matters for America

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday September 13, 2009, 9:20 am
No More Code Words: Racism is Public Again

Must read Kristof on health care,
and Dowd on racism,
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