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  • Thursday, October 08, 2009

    Glenn Beck Boycott Continues...and goes international

    Here is a list (possibly already out of date?) of companies that have pulled their ads from the Glenn Beck show because of his hate speech:

    LexisNexis, Proctor & Gamble, Progressive Insurance
    S.C. Johnson, Geico, Clorox
    Men’s Warehouse, Sargento, Lowe’s
    State Farm, Roche, Sprint
    Sanofi-Aventis, RadioShack, Airware Inc
    Con-Agra, Travelocity, Ancestry.com
    Wal-Mart, Best Buy, AT&T
    CVS, Allergan, Blain Labs
    Ally Bank, Broadview Security, Campbell Soup
    Re-Bath, Farmer’s Insurance, DiTech
    The Elations Co., Experion, Johnson & Johnson
    NutriSystem, UPS Stores, Verizon Wireless
    Applebee’s, Bank of America, Bell & Howell
    DirecTv, General Mills, Kraft
    Regions Financial, SAM (Store and Move), Travelers Insurance
    Vonage, Binder & Binder, Capital One
    Dannon Company, Discover, HSBC
    ICAN Benefit Group Ins, Infiniti, Jelmar
    J. McKenna Debt Counseling, Mercedes-Benz, Simplex Healthcare

    I suggest you pick one or two of these companies and thank them, both by writing them and by going out of your way to patronize them. Personally Roche is a company I order from at work and I was avoiding them in favor of their competitors until they pulled their ads. Proctor and Gamble and SC Johnson are two companies I recently bought from specifically because they pulled their ads. General Mills is a company we buy from some times and we were thinking of boycotting because they advertised on Glenn Beck. Now we continue to buy from them because they pulled their ads. And I now am thinking I will use my Discover card more as well to thank them for pulling their ads. May not mean much to them, but it means something to me and so will seek out companies that pull their ads from Glenn Beck.

    Here is a list of advertisers still on Glenn Beck...(may be out of date):

    * Extenze penis-enhancing pills
    * Inogen One portable oxygen concentrator
    * Brez anti-snoring nose inserts
    * Egg Genie microwave egg cooker
    * The Jewelry Exchange
    * SmartForLife diet cookies
    * The Mesothelioma Hotline
    * Jupiter Jack phone device
    * Rosetta Stone language training
    * The Speed Channel
    * Oreck vacuum cleaners
    * FreeScore.com credit report service

    I'd say contact these companies to urge them to join the boycott...but why bother? Many of these are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to advertising.

    And now there are overseas companies that are pulling their ads not just from Glenn Beck, but also Fox News, as described in this Daily Kos diary. Specifically: Waitrose, Britain's most upmarket supermarket chain, has pulled all of their advertising, not just from Beck, but from all of the Fox News Channel.

    Keep up the pressure. Contact any advertisers abobve you are familiar with and either thank them or urge them to join the boycott. Seriously, I think the main thing is to keep companies that have pulled their ads continuing to avoid Glenn Beck and/or extending their boycott to Fox News in general (like Waitrose in Britain). And, if you haven't already, join Color For Change's campaign.


    Anonymous Boycott Glenn Beck said...

    Even if our country highly recognizes the value of the freedom of speech, I still believe that people should be responsible enough to watch what they are saying because they might offend people along the way. Glen Beck should have more strong basis on his adverse remarks about President Obama before opening his mouth about the issue.

    11:25 AM  

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