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Ten More Advertisers Pull Ads From Glenn Beck’s Show

Ten more companies pull ads from Glenn Beck‘s show on Fox News Channel, including DirecTV, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. This brings the total up to 46 companies, including one associated with the network.

Adding to an increasing list of companies distancing themselves from Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, ten new companies whose ads were recently seen during Beck’s program—Applebee’s, Bank of America, Bell & Howell, DirecTv, General Mills, Kraft, Regions Financial Corporation, SAM (Store and Move), Travelers Insurance and Vonage—have pledged to take steps to ensure that their ads don’t run on Beck’s show. Forty-six companies have now committed not to support Beck’s show since ColorOfChange.org launched its campaign three 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.

Three of the latest defections — Travelers Insurance, Bell & Howell and DirecTv — join the list of advertisers who claim to have already placed Glenn Beck’s program on a “do not air” list, but whose ads have been seen on Beck’s program, apparently against their wishes.

“We could not be happier with the results of our campaign so far,” said James Rucker, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. “All 46 companies that have distanced themselves from Glenn Beck should be applauded for their stance.”

“We are still reaching out to companies whose ads we see during Beck’s nightly program,” Rucker continued. “Based on the fact that many of the recent ads on Beck’s program are for gold coins and News Corp properties, it looks like Fox News Channel is struggling to place advertisements on Beck’s show.”

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Glenn Beck: I Was a Dirtbag and a Liar

Is Glenn Beck about to get fired, or is this just an invite to his pity party?

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Fox News Attacks Color Of Change Co-Founder Van Jones

Color Of Change, an organization effectively pushing sponsors away from Glenn Beck’s show for the inflammatory comments he made about President Obama, was co-founded by Van Jones. Fox News’ Glenn Beck and Fox & Friends hosts have now gone on the attack against Van Jones, who has had nothing to do with the boycott. Jones is now a White House environmental advisor who is working toward clean energy incentives and creating 21st century jobs.

Gretchen Carlson teased the upcoming segment with Glenn Beck by mentioning Van Jones having “ties to a terrorist.” This claim was never backed up, revisited, nor its source cited.

BECK: [Jones is] basically a community organizer inside the framework of our republic. That’s what’s happening. When Barack Obama said, “I am going to promise you fundamental transformation of our nation,” this is what’s happening. We are bringing community organizations and community organizers and we’re embedding them inside of the system to build a new framework. This guy in particular, and he’s not the only one, and you’ll see more tonight, this guy in particular is an avowed communist, communist!

Regardless of Van Jones’ views, he has not been with Color Of Change for two years and had nothing to do with the boycott against Glenn Beck’s advertisers. “Glenn Beck is trying to change the subject,” said James Rucker, executive director of Color of Change, “The issue is his baseless fear mongering.”

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UPS Pulls All Ads From Fox News, Not Just Glenn Beck

As of yesterday, 36 sponsors have pulled their ads from Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News. One of those recent drop outs is UPS. It has now been confirmed that UPS, like Chrysler, has pulled all of its advertising from the Fox News Channel, not just Glenn Beck’s show.

Rich Hallabran, spokesman for UPS Stores, which he said has temporarily halted buying ads on Fox News Channel as a whole.

If you’d like to thank UPS for their decision, here is their contact information:

United Parcel Service of America, Inc. – UPS
UPS Corporate Headquarters
55 Glenlake Parkway, NE
Atlanta , GA 30328
customer.service@ups.com

https://www.ups.com/upsemail/input?loc=en_US&reqID=SUP

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16 More Companies Flee Glenn Beck’s Show

There are now a total of 36 companies that have pulled their ads from Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News Channel.

The new companies distancing themselves from Beck include Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids), Ancestry.com, AT&T, Blaine Labs Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Clorox, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com), Farmers Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol), Lowe’s, NutriSystem, Sprint, The UPS Store and Verizon Wireless.

Here are some statements from some of the recently departed sponsors:

SPRINT: “Sprint ads appeared as part of a broader rotational package of advertising purchased on the Fox Network… They were not specifically targeted to the Glenn Beck Show nor should they air during this program going forward… I wanted to let you know that we have taken steps to make sure that [Sprint] will not be advertising on the Glenn Beck show.”

LOWES: “While we will continue to advertise on news programming, including FOX News, there are certain programs on the FOX Network that do not meet Lowe’s advertising guidelines, including The O’Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck Program.”

CLOROX: “Per our advertising standards, we don’t advertise in programs that display exploitive sex or violence, treat ethnic, religious, or political groups in a disparaging manner, present facts inaccurately or distort them to blatantly partisan advantage, and treat individuals or groups in a demeaning manner… We have had limited advertisements on the Glenn Beck Program in the past, however the statements he made during that show would not adhere to our programming standards. Furthermore, we will not be advertising on his program in the future since he did violate our own advertising standards.”

THE UPS STORE: “We have addressed the issue… You will not see our ads on The Glenn Beck TV program.”

NUTRISYSTEM: “We are no longer advertising on Beck’s program… You can now include us with the other companies that have stopped advertising.”

CAMPBELL SOUP CO.: “We obviously neither condone nor endorse Mr. Beck’s comments… We were not pleased when we heard them [the comments] and they certainly don’t reflect the views of this company. We have no advertising currently slated for Mr. Beck’s program and don’t have any plans for the future… In light of the consistency of comments that are made, we don’t plan to advertise there in the future… We have communicated to our media buying agency that we will not be advertising on that show.”

JOHNSON & JOHNSON: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention… These advertisements ran on Glenn Beck as part of a rotational advertising package on Fox News, and I have shared your thoughts with those in our organization responsible for making those rotational buys. We have now informed the network to not include it in our rotation moving forward.”

VERIZON WIRELESS: “We, on our own, looked at where we’re spending our advertising… We made a decision that we don’t want to be advertising on that program for a lot of reasons.”

DITECH: “We hear your concerns and are no longer advertising on the Glenn Beck show.”

ANCESTRY.COM: “Ancestry.com buys television advertising on many networks, including Fox News, but does not sponsor any specific content or program… However, once this issue surfaced, we instructed Fox News to exclude our advertisements from the Glenn Beck program.”

AIRWARE INC.: “I wanted to let you know that AirWare Inc., the manufacturer of Brez anti-snoring aids, has instructed its advertising agency to insure that none of our advertisements run on the Glenn Beck show… Because of the way TV advertising is purchased, company executives were not aware in advance that our ads would be running on the show.”

BLAINE LABS, INC.: “We have requested that the ads not appear on the Glen [sic] Beck show… Our contract is essentially a, ‘fill in where there is empty space’, [sic] and lately, I guess there has been a lot of empty space on the Beck show due to your organization. Our new contract comes up sometime in September and that show will be stricken from the rotation. We do not support [G]lenn [B]eck and do not support his show.”

FARMERS INSURANCE GROUP: “What we did last Thursday was our advertising department requested of Fox News Channel that they no longer place a portion of our ads on the Glenn Beck Program [sic].”

THE ELATIONS CO.: “Just want to let you know that we will no longer be advertising on that [Glenn Beck's] program.”

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Glenn Beck Supporters’ Petition Makes You Wonder…

A visitor left a comment this morning that included a link to a petition being signed by Glenn Beck supporters. Of course, like so many similar comments, it was off topic and was not approved. I do feel the need to share, so you all can enjoy the contents of the petition letter:

We want to alert you to the fact that Glenn Beck–whose show you used to sponsor on FOX–did not use his platform to “make outlandish accusations about the President and to advance baseless theories that prey on race-based fears.”

He DOES NOT have a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” The claims by such “sources” as the Huffington Post are “ludicrous”.

WE presume your company does not want to lose the millions of consumers that both watch Mr. Beck’s show or listen to him on the radio. We urge you to immediately correct your cowardly action and return your advertising back to the Glenn Beck Program on the FOX News Channel or lose millions more consumers.

First, the beginning paragraph is subjective, at best, and an outright lie, at worst. Glenn Beck certainly does make outlandish accusations about the President, stimulus, other people, and Alaska. He even seems to agree that the U.S. needs to be attacked by terrorists again.

The second paragraph either suggests that Beck was accused of having a “deep-seated hatred for white people…” or that Obama does not. It’s hard to tell from the wording and the fact that a second paragraph was created to make such a statement. I’m not sure who would suggest the former, as the majority likely believe the opposite is true, but the latter would make the first paragraph incorrect.

If the petition author intended to assert that Obama “DOES NOT,” then that is an “outlandish accusation” about the President made by Beck. Additionally, if the latter was the intent, then it is not “ludicrous” to believe that the “sources” are incorrect. (Why put quotes around “sources” anyway? Are they not sources?) There is ample proof that Beck made these statements. How could someone believe he didn’t?

Finally, if you want to get a sponsor to come back it’s probably best not to resort to name calling… If anything, it would probably make them regret their decision to advertise on Fox News even more, or make sure the mistake doesn’t happen again.

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Kraft Pulls Ads from Glenn Beck’s Show

Kraft Foods is one of many companies to pull their ads from Glenn Beck‘s show on Fox News recently. Here is a visitor-submitted response received from Kraft regarding their decision.

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of shows with extreme content, including on the political front. These shows often are controversial and do not align with our company or brand values. We do not want to become associated with controversy simply because of the placement of a 30-second spot. That’s why we have made the decision to stop advertising on the more politically extreme programs, including The Glenn Beck Show, on all networks.

If you haven’t done so already, please add our site to your favorites and visit us again soon!

Kim McMiller
Associate Director, Consumer Relations

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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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Too Hot in Glenn Beck’s Kitchen?

Rumors are going around, based on an article from TVNewser, on mediabistro.com, that Glenn Beck is taking a “forced” vacation. Unfortunately, no sources are named, but I suspect that is because they work at Fox News Channel and fear repercussions.

Tipsters inside Fox News tell us Glenn Beck’s vacation this week from his Fox News show was not planned. We hear Beck was told to take this week off to let some of the heat surrounding him die down.

Apparently Beck’s publicist and other people close to Beck have denied this, but the sources claim that it was Beck, himself, that stated he was forced to take the week off. He will return, in all his bigoted glory, on Monday.

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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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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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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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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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Glenn Beck Loses Another Sponsor – GMAC Financial Services

Spokesperson for GMAC Finanacial Services, Sue Mallino, confirmed that they have pulled their ads off of Glenn Beck‘s show on Fox News Channel; however, she did not comment as to whether it was because of Beck’s racial comments about President Obama.

GMAC Financial Services joins a growing list of advertisers who have recently abandoned Beck’s television show, including ConAgra, Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, RadioShack, Men’s Wearhouse, State Farm Sargento, LexisNexis-owned Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble, and Progressive Insurance.


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