According to Credo Action, Verizon Wireless has become the latest advertiser to dump Glenn Beck. In an email, the group confirmed that the nation’s largest wireless telecommunications network has stopped advertising on Beck’s Fox News program. Even a week of vacation has not completely slowed the steam of the Beck advertiser defections.
Becky Bond, the Political Director for Credo Action said, “I’m delighted to let you know that we received confirmation today that Verizon Wireless is no longer advertising on the Glenn Beck show. ColorOfChange.org has done amazing work to bring national awareness to Beck’s race-baiting commentary on FOX News Channel. In the last few weeks, over 20 companies including Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy, and Travelocity have confirmed with ColorOfChange.org that they have ceased advertising on the show or placed Glenn Beck’s program on a “do not air” list.”
This is an interesting development as the brass at Fox News were hoping that a week off would help cool some of the heat Beck generated with his advertisers when he called President Obama a racist. Once again, it is important to point out that Verizon Wireless did not quit advertising on Fox News, but they requested that their ads are not shown during Beck’s show.
The list of blue chip companies that are still with Beck is starting to dwindle, but there are still enough corporate advertisers lining up to get access to Beck’s 2 million viewers a night. I don’t understand why Beck’s supporters consider this boycott censorship, instead of the grass roots democratic movement that it is.
If advertisers don’t want their companies associated with a man who called the president a racist, it is their right to take their dollars elsewhere. Glenn Beck has a right to make inflammatory statements and advertisers have a right not to support his show. This isn’t an Obama conspiracy, or censorship. It is democracy in action.