FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Media Matters and People For the American Way join Tides CEO in targeting all Fox News sponsors for funding Beck's violent rhetoric
Washington, DC - Today, Media Matters for America and People For the American Way joined Drummond Pike, founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation, in calling on advertisers to drop Fox News or risk being complicit in the network's promotion of Glenn Beck's dangerous extremism. Media Matters additionally launched DropFox.com, a website that will list Fox's top advertisers, including JP Morgan Chase & Co, GEICO (Berkshire Hathaway), Zurich Financial, Chrysler, Direct Holdings Americas, Inc (Time-Life), GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Lilly Corporate Center, BP, and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
"Despite hundreds of sponsors refusing to advertise on Glenn Beck's program, Fox continues to provide him a platform for unhinged rhetoric and blatant lies that have real, and potentially deadly, consequences," said David Brock, Founder and CEO of Media Matters. "That's why targeting Glenn Beck's advertisers is no longer enough -- we need to hold the entire network and its sponsors accountable."
Brock added: "Advertisers need to be aware that they are funding a network that promotes a climate of fear and suspicion that could lead to another Oklahoma City."
"Americans deserve a wide range of viewpoints in their media, but Glenn Beck's violent rhetoric has crossed the line," said Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way. "Beck has a right to his extreme and disturbing opinions, but we cannot stand mute as his hate-filled broadcasts incite listeners to violence against those he has targeted. Corporations that advertise on Fox should do so with their eyes wide open to what their money is supporting and what the consequences could be."
Pike's plea to advertisers came after Media Matters' released a report on Byron Williams, a California man who, inspired by the conspiracy theories promoted by Glenn Beck and other right-wing media figures, plotted to kill employees at the progressive Tides Foundation and the ACLU.
According to Media Matters' searches, Beck has attacked the Tides Foundation 29 times on television between January 19, 2009 -- the day Beck's Fox News show premiered -- and the day Williams was arrested following a shootout with the California Highway Patrol.
For additional information, read Media Matters' report, "Progressive Hunter."