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Verizon Pulls Ads from Glenn Beck’s Show

Email from CREDO Action:

I’m delighted to let you know that we received confirmation today that Verizon Wireless is no longer advertising on the Glenn Beck show.

ColorOfChange.org has done amazing work to bring national awareness to Beck’s race-baiting commentary on FOX News Channel. In the last few weeks, over 20 companies including Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy, and Travelocity have confirmed with ColorOfChange.org that they have ceased advertising on the show or placed Glenn Beck’s program on a “do not air” list.

It was on July 28 that Glenn Beck declared on FOX News Channel: “This president has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people … this guy is, I believe, a racist.”

The response of corporate advertisers distancing themselves from Beck’s despicable remarks is encouraging. But these baseless, racist and increasingly dangerous attacks also reveal just how far the right-wing media machine will go to try and stop our movement for change.

Thank you for working for a better world.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action

I'm delighted to let you know that we received confirmation today that Verizon
Wireless is no longer advertising on the Glenn Beck show. 

ColorOfChange.org has done amazing work to bring national awareness to Beck's
race-baiting commentary on FOX News Channel. In the last few weeks, over 20
companies including Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy, and Travelocity have confirmed with
ColorOfChange.org that they have ceased advertising on the show or placed Glenn
Beck's program on a "do not air" list. 

It was on July 28 that Glenn Beck declared on FOX News Channel: "This president
has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated
hatred for white people ... this guy is, I believe, a racist." 

The response of corporate advertisers distancing themselves from Beck's
despicable remarks is encouraging. But these baseless, racist and increasingly
dangerous attacks also reveal just how far the right-wing media machine will go
to try and stop our movement for change. 

Thank you for working for a better world.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action

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Fox News Misleads About AARP Membership Loss

Fox News is reporting that American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has lost 60,000 members since July 1, 2009. Keep reading to see why the following claims are BS.

Hannity claimed loss of 60,000 members “very indicative.” On August 18, Fox News’ Sean Hannity stated: “[W]hat are we to make of the AARP? According to reports now — CBS News had a report — 60,000 members of the AARP have left. I think that’s very indicative that they’re losing seniors. There is a conservative alternative, American Seniors for Choice, which is against Obama’s plan. They gained as many as 5,000 members.” He also stated that AARP’s “love affair” with President Obama “has cost the AARP tens of thousands of members.”

Fox News’ Van Susteren: “Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP.” On the August 18 edition of her Fox News show, Greta Van Susteren stated: “They’re out — 60,000 of them. Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP since July 1.” She then interviewed an AARP member who stated that she is planning to quit the group because of her views on the AARP’s position on health care reform.

Doocy: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP.” On August 19, Fox News Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy stated: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP — the American Association of Retired Persons — since July 1st. Some members are outraged and continue to criticize the over-50 group because of their support for health care reform.” The following graphic appeared onscreen while Doocy spoke:

There are two sides to every story, and in this case the other side provides the whole truth… Let’s look at the figures, first, regarding membership numbers for AARP to see why Fox News’ claims are misleading. AARP claims that they regularly lose 300,000 members per month due to reasons including death. AARP also gained 400,000 members and 1.5 million members have renewed since July 1. AARP has around 40 million members, making that 60,000 a fraction of a percent.

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Response Received From Office Depot

Visitor submitted response from Office Depot:

Thank you for taking the time to contact Office Depot. We value feedback from our customers and those who live in the communities in which we serve.

One of our stated values is to build and sustain an inclusive culture that approaches all opportunities and challenges by respecting the diverse thoughts, beliefs, backgrounds, faiths and cultures of customers, suppliers, associates and shareholders. In terms of our marketing practices, our goal is to advertise in suitable, non-offensive programming which reaches our target audiences in an effective and efficient manner. We take reasonable measures to avoid airing advertisements on broadcasts that do not meet our general criteria. Occasionally, a program we’ve elected to include in our advertising mix may air an episode with content that some may find objectionable. Please understand that while we are generally able to select or reject programs based on the overall content contained in prior episodes, we do not know, nor do we have access to, the content of any future episodes.  Further, Office Depot does not support or endorse the views expressed on any particular show or segment.

As always, we will approach our business in a manner that is respectful to our diverse customer base and we will continue to advertise in a variety of outlets in accordance with our guidelines stated above. Thank you again for writing to Office Depot.

Sincerely,
Sandy Akin
Senior Lead E-Commerce
Office Depot Corporate
6600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, Florida 33496-2434
Email:sandy.akin@officedepot.com
Fax: 561-438-6624

I’m reminded of the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Fox News & Glenn Beck have a history of hateful and violent rhetoric, but Office Depot has chosen to ignore that. Here is Office Depot’s contact information:

Office Depot
2200 Old Germantown Road
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Office Depot Corporate:
6600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, Florida 33496-2434
Sandy Akin, Senior Lead E-Commerce
Fax: 561-438-6624
Email:sandy.akin@officedepot.com
http://www.officedepot.com/…

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Response Received From Nissan

Visitor submitted response from Nissan:

Thank you for your correspondence to Nissan North America, Inc. dated 08/18/09.

We at Nissan North America, Inc. are very concerned about acceptable advertising environments for programs. Like other advertisers, Nissan North America, Inc. does not participate in the development of scripts for TV. We do have both a professional screening service and our advertising agency monitoring the general content of programs carrying the Nissan message.

We recognize that people have different standards as to the acceptable content, and we are sorry that you found this program in particular to be unacceptable. We appreciate your time and concern in contacting us.

Sincerely,
Nissan North America, Inc.
Jennifer Lamont
Consumer Relations Representative
National Consumer Affairs

Short and to the point – they support Fox News’ hateful and incendiary programming with their advertising dollars. You can use the information above and mention that Chrysler will not advertise on Fox News in your correspondence with Nissan. Here is their contact information:

Nissan
P.O. Box 685003
Franklin TN 37068-5003
(800) NISSAN-1 (800-647-7261)

http://www.nissanusa.com/apps/contactus

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Response Received From Ford Motor Company

Visitor submitted response from Ford Motor Company:

From: crcfmc@ford.com [mailto:crcfmc@ford.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 8:12 PM
Subject: Ford Motor Company

Thank you for contacting the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center regarding Ford’s television advertisement.

We believe one of the most effective ways to connect with customers and generate mass awareness of our products is through television advertising. We treat our purchase of commercial time as we do any other prime time, mainstream television program.  By buying commercial time on top-rated shows, we are not making judgment on the specific content of the show but simply making an optimized attempt to reach our many customers through award-winning television programming.  Ford Motor Company values the opinions and sensibilities of our customers worldwide and will continue to try to place advertising on programs that reach and appeal to our diverse customer base.

Sometimes e-mail communication does not allow us to gain additional information that may be helpful in responding to your inquiry.  Should you feel that we have not adequately addressed your questions, please feel free to contact us via telephone at (800)392-3673 between the hours of 8am and 5pm, local time, Monday through Friday.  Hearing-impaired callers with access to a TDD may contact 1-800-232-5952.

Sincerely,
Joy
Customer Relationship Center
Ford Motor Company

Obviously Ford has chosen to support Fox News’ biased and incendiary programming. You can use the information contained in the email above to tailor your communications to Ford. You may also want to mention that Chrysler will not advertise on Fox News. Here is Ford’s contact information:

Ford Motor Company
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126
800-392-3673
Customer Relationship Center:
crcfmc@ford.com

http://www.ford.com/owner-services/customer-support/contact-ford

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Fox News Backtracks on ‘Death Panel’ Claims?

As the “death panel” claims are debunked time and time again, Fox News may be backtracking and using terms like “De Facto Death Panels.”

BECK: The death panel isn’t a firing squad. Sarah Palin made a point — I guess you could say in an inflammatory way. But when you implement a government health system, as they have found out in the U.K. and everywhere else on the planet, you are left with no other choice. That’s just the way it is. Rationing is inevitable, and they know it. When — when will someone in the media expose all of the lies?

BECK: Anyway, tell me about — am I wrong in saying, without any inflammatory speech here — don’t call them death panels, just let’s call them what they are. You have a certain amount of money and a certain amount of people. You can’t — they don’t — you can’t give everything to everybody. Isn’t it inevitable that you have to make tough choices?

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Fox News Cites Source: Conservative Blogs

Ever wonder how you can tell when Fox News is biased, besides it just being on? The source used for the information in the graphic below is cited as being “Conservative Blogs.”  Ohhhh… ok…. What’s next? “The guy from that place?”

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An Honest Response From Sargento re: Glenn Beck

I stumbled across the following email response from Sargento, which is much more direct than their previous response we received:

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

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Chrysler: No Plans To Advertise on Fox News

A Chrysler Group Communications representative, Jodi Tinson, stopped by FoxNewsBoycott.com this morning and left the following comment – reposted below from the comments section here.

I would like to correct the response from our Customer Call Center regarding our advertising on Fox News. Chrysler had previously bought time on Fox News as part of a national news advertising buy. This media flight ended on July 31. There are no plans to advertising on Fox News in the future.

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Bob Novak’s Death Used to Further Bush Falsehoods

Columnist Robert Novak died at the age of 78 from brain cancer. It didn’t take long for Fred Barnes to use Novak’s death to bring up, on Fox News, the same falsehoods pushed by Novak about Bush, Valerie Plame, Yellowcake, etc.

BARNES: Bob — you know, Bob was unruffled by the whole thing. He had to get a lawyer, but, ah, you know, it was no problem to him.

Of course, it turned out that he was the first one to hear from anybody in the Bush administration about Valerie Plame, uhm, being a part, and her husband, you know, helping her husband get this, go to this trip to Africa, and then say that President Bush had — what President Bush had said about Saddam Hussein seeking uranium in Africa was wrong.

They’re still discussing it. It turns out that President Bush was right.

But anyway, Bob was caught up in this scandal, he’d heard about it first, and reported it in his column, and then was perfectly comfortable being the center of attention in a legal case that went on for years and years.

Regarding the Plame case: George Tenet himself explained: “Mid-level officials in CPD [The CIA’s Directorate of Operations Counterproliferation Division] decided on their own initiative to [ask Joe Wilson to look into the Niger issue because] he’d helped them on a project once before, and he’d be easy to contact because his wife worked in CPD.”

And the Bush/Yellowcake issue: Not only was the report on which he based the claim he made in the State of the Union built from set of hoax documents, but the White House ignored warnings that this was likely the case. Moreover, there has been no subsequent evidence to suggest that Saddam indeed sought yellowcake from Niger.

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GEICO’s Response to Fox News Supporter

The following is a response from GEICO to a Fox News / Glenn Beck supporter who contacted GEICO about pulling their ads from Glenn Beck’s show.

Hi, my name is Terri Kliskey and I will be happy to assist you today.

If the inflammatory nature of the comments on a program overshadows our message and causes GEICO to be drawn into a national debate, we are likely to reconsider where we place our marketing messages, which is what we did.

GEICO delivers very important messages through its major marketing campaigns: we’re saving customers’ dollars, we’re easy to do business with, we’re looking out for our policyholders. That’s what we hope the public hears and sees and focuses on.

As a company, we do not take positions on controversial issues.

As an advertiser, while a national debate on issues can be healthy and appropriate, we don’t see ourselves in the role of taking part in those debates.

Our business is auto insurance. We want to bring people value and we attempt to reach large audiences with that message.

It is of little benefit to us if a program gets so much attention that our message is drowned out.

GEICO Corporate Communications

For all future requests, please log into our Policyholder Service Center with your activated password and click on the appropriate link.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Terri Kliskey
GEICO: Internet Service Representative

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Fox News’ Questionable Use of Health Care Reform Poll

Vice President of news at Fox News Channel, Bill Sammon references a poll (see below), which Fox News attributes to ABC News, as showing that more people do not want a public option included in the health care reform package.

SAMMON: Well, that’s true. And, you know, you have to — you have to figure that President Obama is feeling whipsawed, because on the one hand, people are saying they don’t want the public option, as that poll demonstrates. Republicans are showing up at these town hall meetings and objecting. On the other hand, you’ve got liberal Democrats saying, look, you better put that public option back in there.

Keep reading to see why this doesn’t show the whole picture…

The poll figures, as seen above, are from an Ipsos/McClatchy poll from early July, 2009. Click on the image below to view the actual poll questions and results. You’ll notice that the first question shows that the majority feel that it’s necessary to have a public option.

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Response Received From Chrysler

Visitor submitted response from Chrysler:

From: customerassist customerassist@chrysler.com
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 8:20 AM

Subject: Re: Chrysler Group LLC Customer Assistance

Thank you for contacting the Chrysler Customer Assistance Center.

In response to your email, we would like to inform you that we appreciate the time and effort you have taken to express your concerns to us and we appreciate your feedback with regards to the Fox News program.  The advertising that appeared on Mr. Beck?s show was part of a media buy on national news programming that was purchased more than a week before it actually aired.

It is important to recognize there are multitudes of individuals that have different preferences in television programming.  Like other companies and auto manufacturers, the brands of Chrysler Group advertise using a wide variety of programming as well as both print and web-based mediums.  From trends in popular culture to feedback from both our customers and dealer network, we are constantly evaluating decisions and ideas as they may relate to where the future advertising dollars will be committed.  We take this approach to reach a diverse and broad audience with information about our products.

Considering these factors, we plan to continue our commitment to advertising on a diverse range of programming.  We do this not with the intent to offend, but with an appreciation for diversity in consumer viewing preferences.

Chrysler Group has a long history of supporting America through the innovative products upon which so many people rely.  Whether it’s long-term product durability, design, utility, or the comfort, convenience and security that is synonymous with our minivans, we are proud of our heritage.  As we look forward to the future, we know that Americans will continue to look to us to provide them with both safe and reliable vehicles to meet their transportation needs.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with us.  Your opinion is very important and your dissatisfaction has been noted.

Thanks again for your email.

Sincerely,
Angela Thomson
Customer Service Representative
Chrysler Customer Assistance Center

Obviously, this response is less than satisfactory. Keep the pressure on Chrysler. Here is their contact information:

Chrysler
Chairman: C. Robert (Bob) Kidder
CEO and Director: Sergio Marchionne
SVP and CFO: Ronald E. Kolka
P.O. Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004
1000 Chrysler Dr.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766
MI Tel. 248-576-5741
1-800-992-1997
customerassist@chrysler.com

http://www-5.chrysler.com/webselfservice/chrysler/index.jsp?screenName=customer&country=us&emailUrl=goToEmailForm(%27R%27)

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Walmart, CVS, Best Buy Pull Ads From Glenn Beck’s Show

As mentioned yesterday, GMAC Financial Services pulled their ads from Glenn Beck‘s show on Fox News. Joining them, and rounding out the count to 20 advertisers lost, are WalMart, CVS and Best Buy.

And that’s not all. Here is a complete list of the eight latest companies to pull their ads from Glenn Beck:

  • Allergan (maker of Restasis): “We reviewed our commercial schedule, and based on your feedback, we’ve put any programming featuring Glenn Beck on our “do not air” list. This means that you will no longer see any Restasis ads during programming featuring Glenn Beck. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention.”
  • Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services): “Ally advertises on a broad spectrum of programs to reach our potential customers. Our advertising is not an endorsement of editorial content on any program. We have ceased to advertise on the Glenn Beck program.”
  • Best Buy
  • Broadview Security: “Given the considerations, we have requested of Fox News not to include us in the rotation that would have our commercials running on Glenn Beck’s show.”
  • CVS: “While advertising on Fox is part of our communication plan, we had not requested time on Glenn Beck’s show specifically. We have instructed our advertising agency to inform Fox to ensure Glenn Beck’s program is not part of our advertising plan.”
  • Re-Bath: “…We are no longer airing our commercials on the Glenn Beck Show…”
  • Travelocity: “We did not specifically place our ad on the show. We buy ads in bulk and then they are placed somewhat randomly. However, we have now specifically asked that our ads do not appear during this show.”
  • Wal-Mart: “Walmart today confirmed the retailer pulled ads from the Glenn Beck show on August 3rd,”

Keep in mind that, while this is a step in the right direction, they do still advertise elsewhere on Fox News Channel.

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Fox News Crops Video to Support Email List Claim

Fox News’ Major Garrett, whom Glenn Beck claimed to never gets to ask questions at the White House, asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about people claiming to be on a so-called list and receiving unsolicited email from the White House. Fox News then edits video to show Gibbs using the word “list” first in order to back up Garrett’s claim of said act. The actual transcript tells a different story… Note the bold sections and where they match up to the actual transcript.

On August 14, Major Garrett stated the following:

GARRETT: I have three times now told Robert Gibbs I have emails to present to him or anyone else he assigns at the White House to look into this, provided I receive substantive answers back as to how these people’s names ended up on a White House list. And remember, I never said “list” until Robert Gibbs said “list.” He said it first, then I repeated the word “list,” so apparently there is one. I don’t say that; he said it.

August 13 Major Garrett’s exchange with Robert Gibbs, edited:

GARRETT: — I receive e-mails from people who have never, ever signed up for anything related to this White House, Senator Obama as a candidate, Senator Obama as anything, and have received e-mails from David Axelrod. How could that be?

[Fox's video cut]

GIBBS: I’d be interested to see who you got that e-mail from and whether or not they’re on the list. I don’t –

[Fox's video cut]

GIBBS: Again, I just want to be — but I just want to be very –

GARRETT: So what you’re telling me is I need to give you these people’s e-mails so you can check them on a list? I’m just asking.

Here is the actual transcript showing how the video was manipulated:

GARRETT: Robert, a couple things on public option. It wasn’t listed in the email that David Axelrod sent out today where he was defining principal goals for health care reform. By my reading of it, I didn’t see any mention of a public option as a mechanism of achieving what you just outlined. Was that an oversight or is this — are there other –

GIBBS: I’d have to go back and reread the email.

GARRETT: Are there other priorities that take a higher precedent –

GIBBS: Well, again –

GARRETT: — for the president than a public option?

GIBBS: Let me be clear — I thought I was a minute ago, but I’ll take another whack at it — this is an option that provides choice and competition in an otherwise narrow or closed insurance market. That’s the president’s goal, is to ensure that if you didn’t get your health insurance through your employer, you didn’t have those type of options, that you would have something that might compete with the only game in town. That’s — I think that’s in David’s email, choice and competition.

GARRETT: Speaking of the email, how was the list for who would receive it determined?

GIBBS: I believe it’s for people that have signed up to receive email updates from the White House.

GARRETT: The reason I ask is I have received emails from people who did not, in any way, shape, or form, seek any communication from the White House, who have never registered on OFA, who have never registered on a campaign website –

GIBBS: Well, hold on, let’s –

GARRETT: Let me finish my question, let me finish my question.

GIBBS: No, no, no, but let’s be clear, because –

GARRETT: Let me finish my question.

GIBBS: No, no, no, but let’s be clear before you — I’m going to give you a chance to finish your question. You’ve done this a couple of times, Major, and I just want to be very clear, OK? OFA — no, no, no, no, don’t look funny. OFA, whether Obama for America or Organizing for America, has nothing to do with, never has had anything to do with what — if you sign up for, through whitehouse.gov, to receive emails, so let’s just — the reason I interrupted you is because I want you to rephrase your question that doesn’t continue to assume that –

GARRETT: Well, all I’m trying to get at is –

GIBBS: — somebody is violating the law and mixing up political –

GARRETT: — I receive e-mails from people who have never, ever signed up for anything related to this White House, Senator Obama as a candidate, Senator Obama as anything, and have received e-mails from David Axelrod. How could that be?

GIBBS: I’d have to look at who you said got the email.

GARRETT: I mean, do you seek other pieces of information identifying who might be curious about health care outside of people who have asked for emails?

GIBBS: I’m sorry, say that again.

GARRETT: Do you in any way seek databases or information about people who might be interested in health care?

GIBBS: I will certainly check. I will certainly check. I am not under that impression. But again –

GARRETT: I mean, folks have emailed me — I just want to know — would like to know how they get an e-mail from the White House when they have never asked for one.

GIBBS: I’d be interested to see who you got that e-mail from and whether or not they’re on the list. I don’t –

[Fox's video cut]

GIBBS: Again, I just want to be — but I just want to be very –

GARRETT: So what you’re telling me is I need to give you these people’s e-mails so you can check them on a list? I’m just asking.

GIBBS: Well, you’re asking me if they’re on a list.

GARRETT: No, they’re telling me –

GIBBS: If you can figure out a different way of checking without asking me to double-check the name, I’m happy to –

GARRETT: Perhaps I’m not phrasing this correctly. They’re telling me they’re not — they can’t be on a list because they never asked for an e-mail from the White House.

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