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  • Friday, July 31, 2009

    MSNBC's Donnie Deutsch Calls for Glenn Beck Advertiser Boycott

    Every now and then I highlight a Fox News advertiser boycott. People often question the usefulness of boycotts. Well, boycotts are a very old tool for protest, used by right and left. These days the right tends to be more tenacious about boycotts than the left, so they tend to get their way more often. The trick to a boycott is to be persistent. It helped during the grape boycott. It helped during the anti-apartheid boycotts. And it helped change the outward, at least, poilcies of Coors. So I push boycotts whenever it seems they are worth it. The Exxon/Mobil and Chevron/Texaco boycotts are the ones I am most persistent about. But pressuring advertisers on their sponsorship of Fox News is another effort I like to push. Remember, Fox News is not doing as well as they used to financially. Advertiser boycotts can be even more effective now than ever. [NOTE: Some advertisers are already backing away from Beck...but they still need to hear from you].

    This boycott comes from MSNBC via Daily Kos:

    MSNBC's Donnie Deutsch just called (on air!) for advertisers to boycott Glenn Beck for his "Obama is a racist" screed on Fox (faux) News, after Fox News refused to take responsibility for Beck on their station (they said he was entitled to his opinion...).

    From Deutsch:

    "He called this president a 'racist' and a 'hatred of white people', okay? This has to stop. Here's the only way this stops. The reason this man does this, this Glenn Beck does this, is because it attracts viewers, it creates controversy."

    He then calls for a boycott of sponsors of Glenn Beck:

    "If you're an African-American or white American who's tired of this kind of talk, write to the CEO's of those companies and say: 'you know what, put it somewhere else on Fox News, I'm not saying take it [your advertising] off of Fox News, take it off this man's show."

    And here is a list of advertisers to contact:

    Contact information (current as of last wikianswers update):

    The Procter & Gamble Company (I found them open to my comments...Please contact them as well)
    Chairman: Alan G. (A.G.) Lafley
    President, CEO, and Director: Robert A. (Bob) McDonald
    CFO: Jon R. Moeller
    1 Procter & Gamble Plaza
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    OH Tel. 513-983-1100
    Fax 513-983-9369
    Contact form: http://pg.custhelp.com/...

    General Motors:
    Chairman: Edward E. (Ed) Whitacre Jr.
    President, CEO, and Director: Frederick A. (Fritz) Henderson
    EVP and CFO: Ray G. Young
    300 Renaissance Center
    Detroit, MI 48265-3000
    Contact Media Relations at 888-436-6687 (h/t sueroegge)
    MI Tel. 313-556-5000
    Contact form: http://www.gm.com/...

    Campbell Soup:
    Chairman: Harvey Golub
    President, CEO, and Director: Douglas R. Conant
    SVP, CFO, and Chief Administrative Officer: B. Craig Owens
    Campbell Soup Company
    1 Campbell Place
    Camden, NJ 08103-1799
    NJ Tel. 856-342-4800
    Toll Free 800-257-8443
    Fax 856-342-3878
    Contact form: http://www.campbellsoupcompany.com/...

    Chrysler Group LLC:
    Chairman: C. Robert (Bob) Kidder
    CEO and Director: Sergio Marchionne
    SVP and CFO: Ronald E. Kolka
    1000 Chrysler Dr.
    Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766
    MI Tel. 248-576-5741
    Toll Free 800-992-1997
    Contact form: https://www.chryslergroupllc.com/...

    Pfizer Inc.
    Chairman and CEO: Jeffrey B. (Jeff) Kindler
    Chairman Emeritus: William C. Steere Jr.
    Chairman Emeritus: M. Anthony Burns
    235 E. 42nd St.
    New York, NY 10017-5755
    NY Tel. 212-573-2323
    Contact page: http://www.pfizer.com/...

    Kellogg Company
    Chairman: James M. (Jim) Jenness
    President, CEO, and Director: A. D. David Mackay
    EVP, COO, and CFO: John A. Bryant
    1 Kellogg Sq.
    Battle Creek, MI 49016-3599
    Contact media at 800-323-0768 (h/t sueroegge)
    MI Tel. 269-961-2000
    Toll Free 800-962-1413
    Fax 269-961-2871
    Media email: media.hotline@kellogg.com

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Chairman: S. Robson (Rob) Walton
    President, CEO, and Director: Michael T. (Mike) Duke
    EVP and COO: William S. (Bill) Simon
    702 SW 8th St.
    Bentonville, AR 72716
    AR Tel. 479-273-4000
    Fax 479-277-1830
    Contact form: http://walmartstores.com/...

    Kraft Foods Inc.
    Chairman and CEO: Irene B. Rosenfeld
    EVP Operations and Business Services: David A. (Dave) Brearton
    EVP and CFO: Timothy R. (Tim) McLevish
    3 Lakes Dr.
    Northfield, IL 60093
    Contact #: 1 800 323 0768
    IL Tel. 847-646-2000
    Fax 847-646-6005
    Contact form: http://www.kraftfoodscompany.com/...

    Nestlé USA, Inc.
    Chairman and CEO: Brad Alford
    SVP and CFO: Dan Stroud
    GLOBE Executive and CIO: Kimberly (Kim) Lund
    800 N. Brand Blvd.
    Glendale, CA 91203
    CA Tel. 818-549-6000
    Toll Free 800-225-2270
    Fax 818-549-6952
    Contact form: http://www.nestleusa.com/...

    I want to emphasize that Glenn Beck has a Cosntitutional right to say the crap he says. But we also have a Constitutional right to boycott his sponsors. In both cases it is freedom of expression.

    Find out more about Glenn Beck's race-baiting, hate speech and lies at Media Matters.


    Blogger IMI said...

    Boycotts are useful - almost too good. I haven't been keeping track for a couple of years now, but between (apx) 2006-08 every time a 'liberal group' called for a boycott, a conservative group called for a similar boycott within the next week-month and all their press announced claims for the results.

    There's a number of 'tricks' the right has to inflate their image of having more numbers than they actually have. The US is really quite liberal and progressive.

    7:42 PM  

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