On Monday, the Post reported that "about 20 companies" had pulled their ads from Beck's program in response his "racist" smear against President Obama.
Yet on Monday, that figure was already woefully off the mark, because as of Monday 33 companies had pulled their ads. Being off by more than one-third in terms of the number of advertising fleeing Beck's show is sort of a big deal since the entire premise of the ad boycott campaign is to get as many companies as possible to turn their back on Beck. The number is the news. Yet somehow the Post managed to completely botch that key number; to completely low-ball it.
Now, it turns out that number has jumped to 36 advertisers which have pulled their ads from Beck's show. As of right now, the Post was off by nearly 50 percent in terms of its boycott reporting.
Thirty-six companies have now reportedly said they will no longer run ads on Glenn Beck's Fox News show.
Media Matters for America has compiled a list of companies that did run ads on Glenn Beck this evening (August 24) in the order they appeared:
The New York Times featured an op-ed yesterday by Robert Wright of the New America Foundation proposing "A Grand Bargain Over Evolution," whereby two warring groups -- the "intensely religious" and the "militantly atheistic" -- might find a scrap of common ground concerning Darwin's theories and "learn to get along." The proposal is wrapped in scientific jargon and relies heavily on intellectual history and high-minded philosophizing. There's just one problem.
The "bargain" stinks.
Here's how Wright sees things -- the atheists "insist that any form of god-talk, any notion of higher purpose, is incompatible with a scientific worldview," whereas the religious refuse to believe that natural selection is capable of producing creatures as complex and morally attuned as Homo sapiens, which means God "had to step in and provide special ingredients at some point." Both these viewpoints are "wrong," according to Wright, and are in need of some tweaking. For the religious, Wright proposes that they accept that God "initiat[ed] natural selection with some confidence that it would lead to a morally rich and reflective species." For the atheists, Wright prescribes that they accept that "any god whose creative role ends with the beginning of natural selection is, strictly speaking, logically compatible with Darwinism," and that "natural selection's intrinsic creative power ... adds at least an iota of plausibility to this remotely creative god." Voila -- amity achieved.
But this doesn't seem like much of a "bargain." He's asking believers in God to continue believing in God, but to also believe in natural selection as one of God's works. But for the atheists, he's essentially asking that they toss out their beliefs. Being an atheist in predicated upon one principle idea -- that there is no "higher power" at work in the universe. To ask an atheist to acknowledge, in Wright's words, "at least an iota of plausibility to this remotely creative god" is to ask that atheist to stop being an atheist. He's asking one group to merely alter their belief structure, and another group to completely undermine the basic tenet of theirs. Some "bargain" ...
From an August 24 ColorofChange.org press release:
Facing increased pressure from ColorOfChange.org members, 16 new companies have pledged not to run additional ads on Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck Program. Thirty-six companies have now committed not to support Beck's show since ColorOfChange.org launched its campaign three weeks ago.
The defections come as ColorOfChange.org members mobilized last week against corporations who still refused to pull their ads from Glenn Beck by placing thousands of phone calls to company executives. By the end of the week, three of these companies - Clorox, Lowe's and Sprint - had pledged not to run additional ads; Red Lobster and Vonage have not yet responded.
The new companies distancing themselves from Beck include Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids), Ancestry.com, AT&T, Blaine Labs Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Clorox, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com), Farmers Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol), Lowe's, NutriSystem, Sprint, The UPS Store and Verizon Wireless. They join twenty other companies who previously pledged not to run additional ads on Glenn Beck. The moves come after the Fox News Channel host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
From Jim Towey's November 8, 2008, Wall Street Journal op-ed:
Mother Teresa was asked at the end of her life whether she was discouraged because after decades of caring for the dying and destitute in Calcutta little seemed to have changed. She replied, "No. God doesn't call me to be successful. God calls me to be faithful."
History will decide whether George W. Bush was a successful President. But he was faithful. He had a charge to keep and he kept it.
From The Fox Nation, accessed on August 24:
Fox Nation links to a WorldNetDaily article which claims that Hannity "would make a formidable candidate, with the likability of Reagan, good looks and strong convictions." From the article:
Talk-show host Sean Hannity, a vocal opponent of Barack Obama's policies, said today he would not rule out a bid for the presidency in 2012.
Egged on by radio colleague Bill Cunningham, Hannity said he would consider entering the front lines of the political fray if God directs him.
"I've never made a decision in my life without - whatever destiny God has you've got to fulfill it," he said. "I'm not sure that's my destiny."
Hannity would make a formidable candidate, with the likability of Reagan, good looks and strong convictions. He's also a polished communicator and knows the issues inside out.
And he can debate.
The fringe pub just posted a name-calling screed about Obama and 9/11. After reading it a couple times I still have no idea what the Spectator is talking about, other than according to the Spectator's anonymous sources, Obama plans to completely desecrate the memory of 9/11.
Or something like that.
But this passage I got:
Color of Change is the extremist racial grievance group that isn't happy that TV's Glenn Beck did several news packages on Van Jones, the self-described "communist" and "rowdy black nationalist" who became the president's green jobs czar after jumping on the environmentalist bandwagon. The White House may be behind a push to destroy Beck by convincing advertisers to stop buying time on his show.
Read that again. According to AS's Matthew Vadum, Color of Change is leading a advertising boycott Glenn Beck because his show aired some nasty reports about a Color of Change ally, Van Jones.
Talk about living in a parallel universe. The boycott, of course, came in response to Beck's hateful smear that Obama is a "racist" who suffers from a "deep seated hatred of white people." That's why nearly three dozen companies have recently walked away from Beck's show.
But in Spectator's la-la land, Beck never called the President of the United States a racist. The episode simply does not exist.
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell:
Meanwhile, the president is on vacation. He is on a 25 acre estate in Martha's Vineyard. We understand a $35,000 rental for the week. His personal expense, his family's expense. Communications for the President, as always, and security, provided by the taxpayer. No one begrudges him the vacation.
Really? Then why do you keep talking about the expense?
Writing about the sweeping, and still-growing, advertising boycott of Glenn Beck's show, Howard Kurtz stresses that while companies are fleeing Beck, they're not leaving Fox News. No advertisers have completely yanked their ads from Fox.
Writes Kurtz [emphasis added]:
Beck's charge was so incendiary -- and bizarre, considering that Obama's mother was white -- that even some conservatives winced. But boycotts rarely succeed in forcing anyone off the air, and indeed, Fox hasn't forfeited a dime. A Fox spokeswoman pointed to the network's statement: "The advertisers referenced have all moved their spots from Beck to other day parts on the network, so there has been no revenue lost."
But that does not appear to be the case. From the Associated Press:
"This is a good illustration of that conundrum," said Rich Hallabran, spokesman for UPS Stores, which he said has temporarily halted buying ads on Fox News Channel as a whole.
FYI, Kurtz reported that "about 20 companies" had pulled their ads from Beck's program. The AP pegs the number at nearly three dozen.