It is this sort of extremist rhetoric that drove 80 advertisers from Beck's show last year. They decided they didn't want to be associated with Beck and his comments, and pulled their ads in response. Ever since, Beck's commercial breaks have consisted of ads for gold, "As Seen on TV"-type products, conservative organizations seeking a friendly audience and other Newscorp subsidiaries, along with an inordinate number of Fox News promos.
And yet, Visa has advertised on Beck's last two Fox News programs. Visa must be aware of this year-long advertiser boycott, so we have no choice but to assume that the company wishes to be associated with the following Beck comments:
- Beck on Obama using his real name "Barack": "You don't take the name Barack to identify with America," but with "your heritage," "radical[s]"
- Beck portrays Obama, Democrats as vampires "going after the blood of our businesses," suggests "driv[ing] a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers"
- After stating, "I am not saying that Barack Obama is a fascist," Beck compares auto bailout to actions of German companies "in the early days of Adolf Hitler"