The anti-competition crowd, pumped up by renewed Congressional calls for reinstating the Fairness Doctrine as well as their successful intimidation tactics against Democrats to not participate in debates co-hosted by Fox news, are turning their attentions now to Fox News’ advertisers:
NEW YORK (AP) – Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network.
MoveOn.org, the Campaign for America’s Future and liberal blogs like DailyKos.com are asking thousands of supporters to monitor who is advertising on the network. Once a database is gathered, an organized phone-calling campaign will begin, said Jim Gilliam, vice president of media strategy for Brave New Films, a company that has made anti-Fox videos.
The groups have successfully pressured Democratic presidential candidates not to appear at any debate sponsored by Fox, and are also trying to get Home Depot Inc. to stop advertising there.
At least 5,000 people nationwide have signed up to compile logs on who is running commercials on Fox, Gilliam said. The groups want to first concentrate on businesses running local ads, as opposed to national commercials.
“It’s a lot more effective for Sam’s Diner to get calls from 10 people in his town than going to the consumer complaint department of some pharmaceutical company,” Gilliam said.
Some of videos produced by Gilliam’s company compile statements made by Fox anchors and guests that the activists consider misleading, such as those that question global warming.
MoveOn.org is campaigning against Fox because it says the network characterizes itself as a fair news network when it consistently favors a conservative point of view, said Adam Green, the organization’s spokesman.
“We’re not trying to silence anybody,” Green said. “Rush Limbaugh has a right to be on the air—he admits his point of view. Fox doesn’t.”
Bulls–t. That’s exactly what the Fairness Doctrine cries are about, and that’s what this dumb campaign to punish Fox News is about: Silencing dissent – and there’s a strong element of anti-competition, too, because these same liberals, for all their talk of wanting to “compete in the arena of ideas” hate competition, especially when you consider that them trying to compete with the very popular conservative talk radio has bombed miserably.
This is disturbing, to say the least. Of course, everyone has the ‘right’ to pressure advertisers to not sponsor a show/network, but you should be doing it for the right reasons, not just because you can’t stand other points of view other than your own.
I remember after Dr. Laura’s TV show had been cancelled thanks in part to the overwhelming pressure of militiant gays and other hardcore lefties (pressure which went to extremes by some people actually placing flyers against Dr. Laura in the mailboxes of her neighbors, according to Tammy Bruce) and how they actually celebrated it as though working to silence someone with an alternative viewpoint was something to be happy about.
That is one of the core functions of liberal outfits like the Soros-funded Media Matters and Moveon.org: to silence opinions and comments that they find ‘offensive.’ You may remember that it was a Media Matters punk who monitored the Don Imus show until the “nappy headed hos” comment came along, and it spiraled from there and you know the rest (and as a side note, when all this was going on, Media Matters tried to paint Don Imus as a conservative, as if to imply that a liberal would never say such racist remarks. Right.).
Never ever let a hardcore liberal convince you that they’re ok with the airing of opposing viewpoints. If something doesn’t jive with their warped preconceived notions, they’ll come after you in a New York minute if they think they have a shot at ‘winning.’ It’s disgusting, and goes totally against what this country is all about, no matter if it’s ‘technically’ legal. Having the right to do something doesn’t make it right to do.
What would be interesting to do is wait for this big ‘list’ of advertisers to be published (and you know they will be) and for people who are opposed to this type of intimidation to call those advertisers and tell them how much you support their right to advertise on whatever show/network they want to.
And another thing: if conservative ideas are so ‘easily refutable’ as the left likes to say/imply that they are, then they need to get busy refuting them. All this shows is their pettiness, jealousy, socialistic tendencies, and willingness to do ‘whatever it takes’ to silence the opposition.