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Glenn Beck Loses Nearly Dozen Ad Sponsors

August 13, 2009

Click Link  For New UPDATE….20 Sponsors Leave Glenn Beck!

In addition to the sponsors in this story we can also include Sargento Cheese, Lawyers.com, State Farm, and Men’s Wearhouse as also  having dropped Glenn Beck.

Now we need to get Wal*Mart, Red Lobster, and Travelocity to do the same.  We can do it!

The American public has spoken.  It is pretty clear.  Glenn Beck made a huge mistake and is rightfully paying the price. 

Many bloggers, including this one, encouraged people to write and support efforts to have advertisers end their contracts with Glenn Beck on FAUX News.  I am very proud of this effort, as the work has paid off.  We are not done yet, but much progress can be reported.

I have no problem with civil discourse that differs with mine.  In fact I love it.  Good political debate is healthy and can be intellectually challenging.  We know to get the best of such conversation there needs to be opposing views.  But I like civility and some grounding in something other than just pure hatred and verbal jabs that are only meant to inflame.  And that is all that Glenn Beck does.   I think the public airwaves must be better than what Beck offers.  I have often taken on the rougher and less cerebral side of radio, and feel that TV should not be any different.  As citizens we have the right to expect the public airwaves will be more than trash talk for ratings.

About a dozen companies have withdrawn their commercials from “Glenn Beck,” the Fox News Channel program, after Glenn Beck, the person, said late last month that President Obama was a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

The companies that have moved their ads elsewhere in recent days included ConAgra, Geico, Procter & Gambleand the insurance company Progressive. In a statement that echoed the comments of other companies, ConAgra said on Thursday that “we are firmly committed to diversity, and we would like to prevent the potential perception that advertising during this program was an endorsement of the viewpoints shared.”

The campaign against Mr. Beck is rooted in an advocacy group’s objection to the commentator’s remarks on July 28. Given the number of advertisers that have pledged to remove their spots, it appears to have been unusually successful.

Its success also indicates that as commentary on cable news reaches a rhetorical boiling point, advertisers may become more skittish about being near it.

“We have TV today that’s very polarizing and controversial,” said Donny Deutsch, the advertising executive and occasional host on CNBC and MSNBC, a rival to Fox News.

Last month, Mr. Deutsch listed some of the “Glenn Beck” advertisers and told MSNBC viewers that people who objected to Mr. Beck’s remark should write to the chief executives of the companies. In an interview, he said corporate decisions about where to allot ad dollars were the “ultimate check and balance.”

The sponsors’ shifts came after a campaign by  ColorOf Change.org, a black political coalition, to contact sponsors of Mr. Beck’s program. The remark by Mr. Beck, a conservative radio host and comedian who joined Fox News in January, came not on his 5 p.m. talk show but on “Fox and Friends,” a raucous morning program.

That day, Fox News appeared to distance itself quickly from Mr. Beck’s remark that Mr. Obama was a racist, telling the TVNewser blog that Mr. Beck had “expressed a personal opinion, which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel.”

Two days later, ColorOfChange asked its 600,000 members to sign a petition addressed to Mr. Beck’s advertisers. It says more than 100,000 have signed.

Fox said the campaign had no financial effect.

“The advertisers referenced have all moved their spots from Beck to other day parts on the network, so there has been no revenue lost,” said a spokeswoman for the channel, a unit of the News Corporation.

Still, ColorOfChange trumpeted the advertisers’ announcements as meaningful wins in news releases this month, and announced on Thursday that ConAgra, the pharmaceutical companies Roche and Sanofi-Aventis, and the electronics retailer RadioShack had pledged to remove ads from “Glenn Beck.”

An official at RadioShack told the advocacy group that it had not bought time directly on Fox News, but that a third-party manufacturer had cited the retailer in its commercials. RadioShack said it had asked the manufacturer, magicJack, to “immediately cease and desist running all commercials with our name tagged in the spot“ on the Beck program.

Other companies also said their spots had been scheduled during “Glenn Beck” by mistake. Ads for Procter & Gamble and S.C. Johnson appeared on a weekend repeat of Mr. Beck’s program by mistake, Fox acknowledged. Progressive said that its advertising order had specified “no Glenn Beck,” but Fox said it had bought a block of time with the channel that included Mr. Beck.

Past efforts to put pressure on cable news advertisers have met more resistance. In the spring, when the liberal group ThinkProgress protested Bill O’Reilly of Fox News by contacting corporate sponsors, most wrote back by blandly thanking them for taking the time to write. One Ford Motor employee even suggested they abandon the petition tactic, writing, “the silly form letters are just annoying and easy to delete.”

In the current media climate, one dominated by talk about health care and other politically tinged topics, hosts and commentators on TV and radio seemingly try to one-up one another with shocking comments every day. Recently, Lou Dobbs of CNN came under fire for raising questions about Mr. Obama’s citizenship. CNN said it had not seen any advertisers “looking to reallocate their money” from Mr. Dobbs’s program.

What Mr. Beck said about Mr. Obama in July was “race-baiting packaged as news,“ said James Rucker, the executive director of ColorOfChange. (Mr. Beck declined to comment.)

In what was ColorOfChange’s first direct appeal to advertisers, it told members it was fighting back by “hitting Beck where it hurts,” financially. The Beck program draws an average 2.2 million viewers a day, making it Fox News’s third-highest rated.

Mr. Rucker acknowledged that advertiser campaigns are tough, saying that “things have to be at a certain level in terms of being pretty extreme” for the sponsors to take action.

Mr. Deutsch, the chairman of the ad agency Deutsch Inc., said that “at a company like Procter & Gamble or G.M., the C.E.O.’s don’t know where all those ad dollars are going.” When they find out that their messages are being associated with controversial comments, they often “decide they can go somewhere else,” he said.

Calling Fox News a “good network,” Mr. Deutsch said advertisers could easily move their spots to other programs.

That is what several sponsors said they have done. Mr. Rucker said some of the advertisers “didn’t even know that they were actually enabling Beck” when they were contacted.

Mirroring the verbal combat among cable news channels, the advertiser pressure has become a divisive issue of its own. On conservative blogs this week, writers have questioned ColorOfChange’s motives and asked supporters of Mr. Beck’s to write to his advertisers as well.

38 Comments
  1. Duke permalink
    August 14, 2009 10:22 PM

    You dumb ——, it sounds about right that you would not use a business over that jackass Glenn Beck. This is exactly why your party is where it is. You make stupid decisions simply for your party’s sake instead of going with what the rest of the world recognizes as common damn sense. My guess is that the next thing the party will do is say that companies like Proctor and Gamble, Sargento Cheese, Radio Shack, and Geico are liberal biased sponsors who are picking on a poor washed up drug addict like Glenn Beck. Get a life hillbilly!

  2. Lori permalink
    August 14, 2009 9:53 PM

    Socialist health care
    to compliment
    the already existing
    -socialist fire department
    -socialist police department
    -socialist school district
    -socialist Medicare
    -socialist Medicaid
    -socialist Social Security
    -socialist unemployment compensation

    Most folks are not concerned until they
    -have a home on fire
    -call 911
    -can’t gain admission to a private school because their child has “special needs”
    -get sick at age 65
    -get sick after loosing job
    -lose job

    We’re all one step from needing help.
    When needed, give help.
    When needed, receive help.

  3. August 14, 2009 5:34 PM

    How much help do you need to travel to Philadelphia, Mississippi?

  4. connie daniels permalink
    August 14, 2009 5:24 PM

    I am sorry you did pull your ads. You will lose out on alot of revenue from hard working people, who still have money to travel. I guess, I will have to start using some other online travel company for all of my travel needs. Thanks for letting us Glenn Beck listeners know this.

  5. The Travelocity Team permalink
    August 14, 2009 3:56 PM

    Good afternoon – Thank you for contacting us to express your concerns. Travelocity did not specifically place our ad on the show. We basically buy ads in bulk and then they are placed somewhat randomly. However, as of last Monday we specifically asked that our ads do not appear during this show.

    Sincerely,
    The Travelocity Team

  6. adrian permalink
    August 14, 2009 8:19 AM

    I received an email from Travelocity that they would specifically pull ads for his show. It’s time for Glenn Beck to be held accountable for what he says…there are consequences when you make the kinds of outrageous and inflammatory claims that he does…I’m not surprised that when company CEOs and Media VPs are shown samples/made aware of Glenn Beck’s insane rants, such as comparing the beginning of the Natzi movement to what’s been occuring at town hall meetings and the proposed public health care option, they would want to distance themselves from this show. It is what it is.

  7. John permalink
    August 14, 2009 6:09 AM

    This is a good blog.

  8. John permalink
    August 14, 2009 6:05 AM

    Glen Beck gets 2.2 million viewers, out of 310 million Americans.
    Glen Beck’s demographics are similar to the Republican party; old, southern, or rural.
    It is not surprising that the Republicans lost the presidency, the congress, and most of the statehouses to the Democrats. Republicans these days are appox. 20% of the public, Indpendents are appox. 40%, Democrats are also appox. 40%.
    The only age group the Republicans won was over 65, and less than 10% of 18-35 year olds consider themselves Democrats.
    The Republicans are losing most of the major demographic groups (and demographic groups of the future); young adults, Independents, moderates, and Hispanics.

    As far as the uneducated old geezers and reactionaries who are against health care reform, they should know this; America is 37th in the world in overall health care stats, and every country who is ahead of us, (including all the countries of West Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia), have some form of government public option health care, as well as private insurance, and America spends more than twice as much on health care as any other developed country.
    So other developed countries have better health care stats than America does, they cover everyone, and they spend less money per-capita doing it.

  9. August 14, 2009 12:53 AM

    First off I am sure Mens Warehouse will miss the redneck customers when you and your pals no longer buy your suits from them. Bet they do OK without you.

    Second, learn to count.

    Third, I never stated there were more than a dozen…but “nearly a dozen”.

    Now I suggest you get back to studying for your G.E.D.

  10. sagedoeggy permalink
    August 14, 2009 12:21 AM

    Bogus article, you claim he has lost a dozen or more sponsers, but list only 6, you are obviously a socialistic publication without ANY credibility, I would like to see the complete list so I can boycott those companies who have pulled their time on his show.

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