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Media Matters Launches Campaign Urging Advertiser Boycott of Fox News Channel
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 5/18/2011 | Paul Bond

Posted on 05/18/2011 11:02:50 PM PDT by Publius804

Glenn Beck, it turns out, was just a warm-up for Media Matters. This week, the progressive watchdog group launched a campaign targeting all companies that advertise on Beck's TV home, the Fox News Channel.

Headquarters for the campaign is a website called DropFox.com that was unveiled Monday. Front and center at the site is the group's first targeted advertiser: Orbitz Worldwide.

Next to the Orbitz logo on Wednesday was a photo of Beck above the tagline, "Buyer Beware: Why Advertisers Should Still Be Wary of Financially Supporting Fox News."

Click Beck's photo and it takes you to charts and data designed to show that a boycott of his TV show organized by Media Matters led to advertisers fleeing and Fox News ditching him, despite high ratings.

Orbitz is a target at DropFox because the online travel company has embraced lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, a community Media Matters says Fox News maligns.

Clicking the Orbitz logo takes visitors to a letter addressed to CEO Barney Harford that asks him to yank Orbitz ads from Fox News based in part on things hosts Bill O'Reilly and Mike Huckabee have allegedly said.

O'Reilly, according to the letter, has compared same-sex nuptials to people marrying turtles, ducks or dolphins, while Huckabee compared homosexuality to pedophilia and necrophilia.

The letter ends: "It is our sincere hope that you will rethink your decision to support (Fox News) financially through ad revenue."

Fox News didn't respond to requests for comment. Beck, though, on his Wednesday radio show belittled claims that large numbers of advertisers have abandoned him, noting that the Forbes Celebrity 100 list released Wednesday ranks him higher this year than it did last year.

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alinskytactics; boycott; corruption; democrats; dncmedia; dropfox; enemedia; foxnews; fundedbysoros; liberalfascism; liberalmedia; liberals; mediabias; mediamatters; obama; obamedia; orbitz; progressives; soros; waronfox

1 posted on 05/18/2011 11:02:54 PM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804

Orbitz might as well learn there’s no pleasing these GLBT people, who are a very small crowd.


2 posted on 05/18/2011 11:07:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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How nice. They’re going to give me a list of advertisers to support. Thank You!


3 posted on 05/18/2011 11:07:46 PM PDT by Cololeo
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To: Publius804

I think the folks at Media Matters need to get a life.


4 posted on 05/18/2011 11:09:42 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Publius804

In a depression, advertisers will be grateful for any TV time and happily ignore the haters of capitalism. One hopes.


5 posted on 05/18/2011 11:11:41 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: Publius804

Hasn’t the left been boycotting Fox News for years, yeah..some boycott..that is why Fox is the #1 rated cable news program


6 posted on 05/18/2011 11:16:16 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Publius804

FASCISTS!


7 posted on 05/18/2011 11:22:10 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Publius804
Orbitz is a target at DropFox because the online travel company has embraced lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, a community Media Matters says Fox News maligns.

Um, huh? So Orbitz embraces the very crowd that probably make up most of MM, and MM responds with a boycott? So if you support Orbitz, you're supporting what? And if you boycott Orbitz, you're supporting what? Only one word describes this boycott. "FAIL".

8 posted on 05/18/2011 11:23:50 PM PDT by kittycatonline.com
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To: Publius804

Unfortunately for media matters, while some advertisers may easily scare at first, at the end of the day, they want one thing: eyeballs. As long as Fox does not go down the terlet, they will still have them.


9 posted on 05/18/2011 11:28:49 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: Publius804

“lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, a community Media Matters says Fox News maligns.”

What a lie - FNC doesn’t malign that (or any other) community - Shep Smith has a twice-daily show, doesn’t he?

‘my bad :-)))


10 posted on 05/18/2011 11:30:22 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: Publius804

IIRC, FOX has more viewers then all the Marxist networks put together.
I use to see the figures on Drudge, but I do not see them now.

I think the advertisers are going to advertise where they have the most viewers.


11 posted on 05/18/2011 11:31:09 PM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: Publius804
Media Matters is boycotting FOX News AGAIN? Maybe the 5th time is the charm. Wake me when they have an original idea.


12 posted on 05/18/2011 11:33:12 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

That’s darling!


13 posted on 05/18/2011 11:35:51 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: Publius804

How gay.


14 posted on 05/19/2011 12:57:52 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Publius804

“while Huckabee compared homosexuality to pedophilia and necrophilia”

All three used to be lumped under the general label of “paraphilias” in the diagnostic bible of psychiatrists.

What’s the problem?

Just become a bunch of queers fought to have it ‘omitted’ doesn’t mean it isn’t still valid.

It still IS an aberrant sexual deviation/attraction, same as the others.


15 posted on 05/19/2011 2:19:48 AM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: Salamander
It still IS an aberrant sexual deviation/attraction, same as the others.

If the condition really is genetic, as we're told, then wouldn't homosexuality qualify as a "birth defect"?

16 posted on 05/19/2011 2:26:40 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

Yup.

Let’s see how the libs would view “defective” fetuses like Trig Plain, then.

[or are some ‘defects’ more equal than others?]


17 posted on 05/19/2011 2:57:25 AM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: AlexW

Yes, advertisers look at the demographic and put their money where they can achieve the broadest reach among specific demographics.

This flap over the Glen Beck boycott was pure twaddle because most on the list were consumer products/food/cosmetics that hadn’t advertised on Beck in the first place.


18 posted on 05/19/2011 3:22:21 AM PDT by plangent
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To: plangent

“This flap over the Glen Beck boycott was pure twaddle because most on the list were consumer products/food/cosmetics that hadn’t advertised on Beck in the first place.”
__________________________________________

I would love to see a study of products purchased by the
red diaper doper baby neo-Marxist, such as DUmmies, vs products bought by true Americans, such as FReepers.

Who buys what?


19 posted on 05/19/2011 3:34:34 AM PDT by AlexW (Proud eligibility skeptic)
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To: Publius804
Chicago based politics written large.

The liberal/progressive/socialist sector abandoned any rational response to their opponents a long time ago. I would suggest that it started in the mid to late 1960s with their protesting the Vietnam War.

Since then they have refined the procedure to the point that you can almost predict their actions months in advance.

Our liberal/progressive/socialist sector can only succeed if they can shut off all debate on any subject. The first debate that they lose will unleash a flood tide of other debates and losses.

Proof of statement?

Look at the increase in the number of state legislatures considering restricting public union bargaining to just salaries once Wisconsin passed their law.

I fully expect for that concept to spread to other issues as we move closer to and pass the 2012 elections.

20 posted on 05/19/2011 3:46:52 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: Publius804

Why not advertise on the ed or o’donnell shows? They’ll got so much more for their money.

not


21 posted on 05/19/2011 3:48:44 AM PDT by Carley (We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail. W, 9/20/01)
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To: Publius804

Advertisers are more than welcome to go with Chrissy the Hissing Sissy on MS-DNC, but since there is no viewership for that show, I say go for broke since that’s where those advertisers will wind up - broke. Maybe “Depends” would be a good advertiser for Chrissy due to his “tinkle down the leg” problem.


22 posted on 05/19/2011 4:55:39 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: SuziQ

I think the folks at Media Matters need to get a life.

This is their life.


23 posted on 05/19/2011 5:01:36 AM PDT by Common Sense 101
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To: Publius804

I say use the Media Matter’s tools on MSNBC advertisers. Two can play that game. ;)


24 posted on 05/19/2011 5:16:06 AM PDT by SirFishalot
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To: Publius804

Wathcdog group. Yeah right. Watchdog groups don’t call for boycotts because they disagree politically. Democrat-controlled lobbying group is more like it


25 posted on 05/19/2011 5:27:13 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy
Wathcdog group.

Rabid dog group.

26 posted on 05/19/2011 5:28:06 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: AppyPappy
Watchdog groups don’t call for boycotts because they disagree politically. Democrat-controlled lobbying group is more like it

How about fascists and economic terrorists?

27 posted on 05/19/2011 6:56:55 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama will be president until 2017.)
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To: Publius804
I don't believe Fox dropped Glenn because of advertisers...advertisers go where the viewership is. 9 out of 10 of them could not care any less what the show’s leaning is.
28 posted on 05/19/2011 10:05:31 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Publius804
Watchdog group that is run by this evil son-of-a-bitch?

Fox needs to go after this scumbag with full force!


29 posted on 05/19/2011 10:06:56 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Publius804

Where is Media Matters headquartered? I might want to pay them a little visit. Their website does not list a physical location, just a D.C PO box.


30 posted on 05/19/2011 10:55:19 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Publius804

...isn’t Media Matters legally a non partisan, non activist group?

It’s time to take their tax exempt status.

(It’ll never happen, but they should lose it....)


31 posted on 05/19/2011 1:28:51 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Publius804
[Laughs] The majority of Americans do not even know who Media Matters is.

Media Matters should reconsider their 501(c)(3) status which is designated for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.

ViA MM web site/About Us: "Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, Obtaining status 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

MMFA is a political group with $10 million-plus in annual funding describing its mission to wage war against Fox News, the GOP and conservatives especially of prominence who might threaten the goals of the Left.

Founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel.The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment,” said Brock.

"The new strategy, he said, is a “war on Fox.”

“Criticizing Fox News has nothing to do with criticizing the press,” its memo says. “Fox News is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

Section 501(c)(3) organizations are subject to limits or absolute prohibitions on engaging in political activities. However, presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity."


32 posted on 05/19/2011 3:26:00 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: JimRed

Media Matters of America
455 Massachusetts Ave NW # 600
Washington D.C., DC 20001-2774
(202) 756-4100


33 posted on 05/19/2011 3:31:33 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Tzimisce
Charitable Organizations Registered Through August 31, 2011 (updated 03/25/11)

Media Matters for America
455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 600
Washington
DC

But the Right has our favorite media watchdog group [much more classy does not call for boycotts to take away jobs]:
Media Research Center
325 S. Patrick Street
Alexandria
VA
CNS News. Com, Culture & Media Institute, Conservative News
Service, Business & Media institute


34 posted on 05/19/2011 3:41:38 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Why bother having laws if we’re just going to ignore them?


35 posted on 05/19/2011 5:44:38 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce
You remind me with that statement: "Why bother having laws if we’re just going to ignore them?"]

...of "insider trading" within the government--they never get around to making a law that would monitor government insider trading activity which could benefit a congressman etc, their family or their employees from "insider" knowledge, through "upcoming" bills, "new" regulations and the like.

36 posted on 05/29/2011 6:10:24 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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