Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Glenn Beck's "Obama racist" charge costs more advertisers

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Glenn Beck, the over-the-top talk show host on Fox News Channel, who called President Barack Obama a racist, is losing advertisers for his Glenn Beck 
Show at this very moment.

But instead of apologizing and repenting, he is attacking ColorOfChange.org, the organization that swiftly and strategically launched an online petition asking advertisers to pull the plug. But he's not going at them head-on.

Beck is instead running negative profiles of Van Jones, the President's "Green Czar."  Remember him?  The Final Call actually featured Mr. Jones and his organization Green For All earlier this year.  Currently he is the special advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  Mr. Jones co-founded the San Francisco Bay-Area ColorOfChange.org with James Rucker.

At the time of this posting, ColorOfChange.org has yet to hear from Red Lobster and Vonage, but the advertisers that have kicked Beck to the curb so far, or pledged to, are:

Clorox, Lowe's, Sprint, Airware Inc., Ancestry.com, AT&T, Blaine Labs Inc., Campbell Soup, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian, Farmers Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson, NutriSystem, UPS Store, Proctor & Gamble, Wal-Mart, and Verizon Wireless.

At least two of the companies said that they didn't advertise on Beck's show but their products were tagged to other items that did and they've taken action to have their ID's removed from the show's commercials.

I'll keep watching...(and not the Glenn Beck Show).

Returning from vacation, Beck targeted Van Jones, the president's adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation.

(Photos:  Top/Glenn Beck...Bottom/Van Jones)

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