Skip to comments.ARIZONA: Time to put the screws to local CBS advertisers!
Posted on 09/18/2004 11:26:38 PM PDT by ccmay
Here's the text of a message I sent to a couple of management types at the local CBS affiliate in Phoenix, KPHO (Channel 5).
I would encourage other FReepers in Arizona to follow suit. Pressure on LOCAL advertisers and LOCAL CBS affiliates is the best way to get rid of the liar Dan Rather.
Complaining to nationally-advertising companies or the CBS headquarters is fine, but nothing would get their attention like a large local auto dealer calling up the GM of a CBS station and grilling him about Rathergate.
To: Seth Parker (Seth.Parker@kpho.com)
Cc: Cassandra Corke (Cassandra.Corke@kpho.com)
Too bad about the LSU/Auburn game today. I really wanted to watch it, but it was on CBS-- a network that passes off obvious forgeries as legitimate news, in a transparent attempt to advance the fortunes of a particular political party.
Not only are we boycotting all CBS television until Dan Rather is gone and the source of the forgeries is fully exposed....
But if this does not happen very soon, I and many others will be contacting your largest local advertisers and asking sharp questions about why they would do business with peddlers of fraud and forgery.
I'm starting with a phone call to Tex Earnhardt on Monday morning.
Pass it on to those in a position to make the decision that *must* be made if CBS is to survive with any shred of legitimacy intact.
If you get a better number or e-mail address, post it here.
If you have another proposal for a target of calls, post it here too. It would be best if everyone called a particular advertiser on the same day, so they feel blitzed.
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton
I am writing in regard to Dan Rathers 60 MinutesII memogate.
I am reminding you of statements from the Standards and Procedures, Page 37B which say, in part:
Anonymous sources should be used only when it is determined:
(1) that there is no other practicable way to obtain and report the information;
(2) that the information is factual and of sufficient newsworthiness to warrant its use despite the fact that we cannot disclose its source; and
(3) that the source and his information are highly reliable in the particular instance."
"Where the use of an anonymous source is necessary, as much information as possible about the nature of the source should be provided to the audience, assuming, of course, that this information would not lead to disclosure of the source.
Where the source may have a vested interest in the matter to be reported, it is especially important that information be provided as to the nature and/or motivation of the source."
And I would add: Absolutely NO false statements or representations be made.
Some of the sources for memogate are not anonymous, but they are highly suspect (or dead).
There are NO credible sources, or countering sources.
Please review ALL of the strong evidence that shows that the memos are fake, the content is absurd, and that Rather has ulterior motives for presenting such programming.
I realize that you have no control over the content or presentation of 60 MinutesII, but this letter is to inform you that I will NOT watch Channel 5 and I will not to the best of my ability patronize your advertisers, as long as you show ANY programming associated with Dan Rather.
This hurts me, because I enjoy some of your programming (CBS News [while I hold my nose], Cold Case, Everybody loves Raymond, The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men, CSI, 48 Hours [I really enjoy this], David Letterman [occasionally], Local News, and other programs once-in-a-while).
Here's our local dilemma:
WBT and WBTV are our local CBS affiliates. Rush and a conservative talk show host and Neal Boortz and a local libertarian talk show host comprise 12 of the 24 hours of programming.
In our market, an attack on CBS advertisers will be an attack on Rush and Neal etc.