Glenn Beck Loses Advertisers

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Landis82, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer David Bauder, Ap Television Writer – 1 hr 28 mins ago

    NEW YORK – Glenn Beck returns to Fox News Channel on Monday after a vacation with fewer companies willing to advertise on his show than when he left, part of the fallout from calling President Barack Obama a racist.

    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, a group that promotes political action among blacks and launched a campaign to get advertisers to abandon him. That's more than a dozen more than were identified a week ago.

    While it's unclear what effect, if any, this will ultimately have on Fox and Beck, it is already making advertisers skittish about hawking their wares within the most opinionated cable TV shows.

    The Clorox Co., a former Beck advertiser, now says that "we do not want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show hosts." The maker of bleach and household cleaners said in a statement that it has decided not to advertise on political talk shows.
  2. Clorox. lmao. Whitens and brightens. gawd dang racist product, what's a black man gotta do to get some respect in the detergent aisle.
  3. Who is glen beck? Seriously.
  4. It appears the only ones missing out will be the advertisers.

    Fox News Surges in Ratings Thanks to Obama
    Sunday, August 16, 2009 6:24 PM

    NEW YORK -- South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis, frustrated by a restive crowd at a recent forum to discuss healthcare reform, suggested people turn off the TV when Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck came on.

    Big mistake.

    Judging by the escalating boos and catcalls, squirting lighter fluid on burning coals would have been wiser. Beck is a hero to many people who are not buying the Age of Obama, and so is Fox. The network was already on pace for its best ratings year even before the healthcare debate sent viewership jumping during a traditionally slow month for news.

    How emboldened is Fox? After President Barack Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs warned against "cable news" derailing healthcare plans, Bill O'Reilly assumed he was referring to Fox and seemed ready for a fight.

    "Who's that going to help?" O'Reilly said. "Us, that's who. Our ratings are already soaring because we don't denigrate the protesters, the way a lot of other TV news organizations do. They're dying. We're on fire."

    Fox's strong year hasn't come without controversy. Some critics worry about overheated rhetoric — Beck has called Obama a racist and joked about poisoning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — and suggest Fox has helped lead, instead of just follow, the president's opponents.

    Fox's viewership is up 11 percent over last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. CNN and MSNBC, which benefited from interest in the campaign last year, are down. O'Reilly, who already had cable news' most popular show, Beck, and Sean Hannity lead the way.

    The ratings expose as naive anyone who believed that the dawn of a Democratic government in Washington would hurt Fox.

    "Fox is much more firmly established than it has ever been," said Eric Burns, former host of Fox's "News Watch" media criticism show. "It has been in existence for 13 years. It knows its base. And it knows its base is bigger than CNN or MSNBC."

    Since Fox is already the network of choice for conservatives, the ratings indicate it must be drawing in more moderates and even liberals, said Bernard Goldberg, best-selling author of "A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media" and other books that criticize liberal media bias. The poor economy and the administration's ambitious agenda have made people anxious and searching for a media outlet that understands them, he said.

    Roughly three times as many Republicans said in a June survey that they regularly get news from Fox, as opposed to CNN or MSNBC, reported the Pew Research Center. The three networks had about the same number of Independent followers, and Fox had more Democratic followers than CNN and MSNBC had GOP fans.

    Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, a group that is busing demonstrators across the country to healthcare forums held by members of Congress, said other news organizations seem more interested in who is helping to organize protests. Fox doesn't ignore the protesters' concerns, he said.

    "Is Fox more critical of Obama than MSNBC? Of course," Phillips said. "But when you look at what is happening, Fox is actually covering it."

    Fox's critics question its balance. Fox aired comments from 63 opponents of healthcare reform on Monday and Tuesday, and only 10 supporters, the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America said. Fox also cut away from Obama's New Hampshire town hall after only two questions, saying it would return if it got contentious. It didn't.

    Some advertisers are boycotting Beck because of his remarks about the president, although Fox quickly distanced itself with a statement by network executive Bill Shine saying it was Beck's opinion, not Fox's.

    During this spring's anti-tax "tea party" demonstrations, Goldberg said he found many networks' coverage disgraceful. But he was also critical of Fox, which he said "didn't simply cover the tea parties, they championed them."

    O'Reilly's show (where Goldberg is a frequent guest) has covered the healthcare meetings fairly, he said. But he said others on Fox are encouraging the incivility of protesters. A call and e-mail to Fox for comment were not immediately returned.

    Fox also declined to make an executive available to be interviewed for this story.

    "Some liberals say we intentionally glorify the protesters," O'Reilly said on his show last week. "That doesn't happen here. We've said there's no doubt that some of the dissent is organized by people who don't like President Obama. That's a fact — and we've reported it."

    The addition of Beck and dropping of Hannity's liberal co-host Alan Colmes has increased anti-Obama time on Fox. To a degree, MSNBC's left turn provides Fox with cover; opinionated cable news is that much more accepted.

    Even if outnumbered, opposing voices are more likely heard in Fox's prime-time than on MSNBC's. Fox has also largely ignored the more extreme Obama opponents who question whether the president was born in the United States.

    Just from the e-mails he got at "News Watch," Burns, the former "News Watch" host, said he understands the devotion of Fox's fans. Many Fox fans feel their point of view wasn't expressed on TV, and will be forever grateful to someone who does. The brand loyalty "exceeds the loyalty, I'll bet, to any other network except maybe ESPN to sports fans," he said.

    With Obama in office, he's bullish about Fox's future.

    "They've got it made," Burns said. "They've got it made for four years."

    © 2009 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  5. Cesko


    Don't worry about it. I am sure MSNBC will do just fine for you.
  6. I assume by reading the above article that he's some Fox talking head who is losing advertisers

  7. Glenn Beck is mentally unstable or an Oscar Award quality actor:

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  8. LOL!!

  9. OMG...LOL!!!! That was some funny shit. He squeals like a little bitch too.

  10. you kick their ass, Glen Beckie! btw, one of the advertisers that replaced clorox lily white, is Extenze, the penis enlargement pill.
    How's that for penetration!
    #10     Aug 24, 2009