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more companies pull advertising from Fox's "Glen Beck" as boycott grows
N.Y. Daily News (August
18, 2009) The boycott of Fox News host Glenn Beck gathered more steam
Monday when retailing giant Wal-Mart and seven other companies pulled
their ads from his show, organizers said.
Among those bailing on Beck: GMAC Financial Services, Best Buy, CVS and
On July 28, Beck called President Obama a racist who has a "deep-seated
hatred for white people or the white culture."
That prompted a call for a boycott by Color of Change, an
African-American online political organization that claims 600,000
About 145,000 members signed a petition asking Beck's advertisers to
stop supporting him.
"It's rare for a campaign directed at a TV show's advertisers to be this
successful," said Color of Change founder James Rucker. "But we won't
stop here. We're going to continue reaching out to Beck's remaining
A total of 20 companies have pulled their ads in the last two weeks,
Color of Change says, including Geico, ConAgra, RadioShack, Men's
Wearhouse, State Farm, Sargento and Procter & Gamble.
Judging from Monday night's broadcast, there were plenty of companies
eager to fill the ad slots, including The Wall Street Journal, DirecTV,
Honda and Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Channel.
Hundreds of Beck fans have voiced support for him on a counterprotest
Web site, DefendGlenn.com, which urges consumers to boycott the
advertisers who pulled out of Beck's show.