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WashPost: Apple, others boycotting Fox News

According to a Washington Post story by Howard Kurtz, about 200 advertisers have "joined a boycott" of Glenn Beck's program, with Apple abandoning Fox News altogether. From the story:

More than 200 companies have joined a boycott of Beck's program, making it difficult for Fox to sell ads. The time has instead been sold to smaller firms offering such products as Kaopectate, Carbonite, 1-800-PetMeds and Goldline International. A handful of advertisers, such as Apple, have abandoned Fox altogether. Network executives say they believe they could charge higher rates if the host were more widely acceptable to advertisers

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By calling President Obama a racist and branding progressivism a "cancer," Beck has achieved a lightning-rod status that is unusual even for the network owned by Rupert Murdoch. And that, in turn, has complicated the channel's efforts to neutralize White House criticism that Fox is not really a news organization. Beck has become a constant topic of conversation among Fox journalists, some of whom say they believe he uses distorted or inflammatory rhetoric that undermines their credibility.

Fox News has become the "American Idol" of cable news, utterly dominant, so much so they're planning to target mainstream entertainment networks such as USA and TNT at their upfront pitch to advertisers. But its easy to forget that ratings only matter if your numbers can successfully convince advertisers to purchase time on a program. To hear Kurtz tell it, Beck's program is like that "Twilight Zone" episode where a librarian is left alone with a million books and a broken pair of glasses.

http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/03/washpost-apple-boycotting-fox-news.html

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Good for them. FOX is a disgrace, and should not be allowed to mislead people into saying it's a news channel. It's a Republican propaganda mouthpiece!

God I hate the FOX Noise Channel.

And Glenn Beck is a damn moron (pardon my French).

Glad to see these companies are ignoring them. Now if only the American people would do the same.

I prefer CNN anyways.

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LOL, I don't own anything Apple... but I'll give serious consideration to buying Apple, now! WTG!

Has anyone seen this video, I can't embed it): http://beck.cnnbcvideo.com/?fb=1

I love the Beck "Conspiracy a Day" calendar, LOL! Fitting.

Casey, it's only been Democratic Presidents (Clinton/Obama), in my recent memory, who've IMPLEMENTED tax cuts for all. 95% of Americans have received a tax cut, thanks for Obama - even if they don't know they've received one. Reagan was the 'trickle down' guy and every Republican President/Presidential candidate since Reagan has been emulating him.

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I get the Glenn Beck hate, but what does he do that people like Keith Olbermann, Nancy Grace, Rachel Maddow, and Larry King and the rest don't? Since when have THEY been news?

Glenn's rabid followers think of him as "the evening news," but he has never thought of himself that way. He's a man with opinions just like the rest of us. He happens to have loyal followers, many who cling to every word he says. That can be dangerous depending on who it is, but then again, the same can be said for rabid liberals who used to get angry after watching Rosie(on The View),Olbermann, and Chris Matthews bash the Repubs on a regular basis.

Glenn Beck has never claimed to be an expert on anything, nor does he sit on a throne and claim that he's perfect(i.e. O'Reilly/Hannity). He admits he has a past, he's very open about why he feels the way he does about certain things. I happen to think Glenn Beck is great at what he does: stirring the pot and making people react. I think those are some of the biggest reasons why people(both Democrats and Republicans) have latched onto him, because he(of all the other talking heads and political figures out there) best represents the everyday man.

Everything else on FOX News can die as far as I'm concerned. I do find it interesting that they consider non-news channels their competitors, as though that is a compliment or testament to what they're doing. But they can't command USA/TNT ad rates without big money advertisers. You can be the highest rated cable network ever and it still won't matter if the only advertisers you have are companies selling CDs for $9.99 and those stupid microwave smores makers.

There's no reason why FOX can't lean more right than it's cable competitors in their news coverage, but most of FOX News more often than not hits below the belt. Sean Hannity calling Obama a "Holocaust Denier" as though it were fact is completely and utterly ridiculous. Beck has eyerolling sound bytes too(Claiming Obama has a deep seeded hatred of white people), but Hannity and O'Reilly sell their bill of goods as gospel. Beck has never ever claimed to know everything.

This is exactly why I prefer network news. There's a certain level of restraint and control with the news reporting, even if there are biases, slants, or pieces edited to make the story more entertaining.

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