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Fox News advertiser asked to dump channel over gay 'slurs'

GlennBeck Political activists who led an advertiser boycott credited with helping to cut short commentator Glenn Beck's tenure on Fox News are ready to announce a new campaign to wrench advertisers away from Fox.

Media Matters for America and three gay activist groups will on Monday ask online travel promoter Orbitz to drop its ads on Fox, citing repeated slams on the cable outlet against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals and against the issues important to them.

Media Matters' DropFox campaign joined GLAAD, the Courage Campaign and Equality Matters in a letter calling on Orbitz International Chief Executive Barney Harford to reconsider his company's use of Fox as an advertising platform.

The groups noted that Orbitz has been successful in providing travel services to the LGBT community. The activists called out various Fox personalities and guests for "misinformation, smears and flat-out lies" toward gays and lesbians and asked the company not to support the news outlet with its ad dollars.

The campaign cites a long list of complaints against Fox programs — such as Bill O'Reilly arguing that allowing gays to marry could open the door to polygamy, or host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggesting that gay marriage was as wrong as allowing "every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal," including drug use and incest.

Media Matters released research showing that a previous campaign against Beck led to a marked decrease in advertiser support. When the boycott began, Beck brought in well over 500 spots per month, a number that declined to as low as 300 spots a month before rebounding to about 400. Among those not advertising with the show were big corporate accounts such as Allstate and Anheuser-Busch.

The information suggests that "available paid ads never recovered as a result of advertiser boycotts” against Beck's show, said Angelo Carusone, campaign director for Media Matters.

The liberal watchdog group said it plans to continue indefintely with the campaign targeting Fox via its advertisers.

— James Rainey

Twitter: latimesrainey

Photo: Fox News host Glenn Beck will end his show later this year. Activist groups claim some of the credit after a campaign that succeeded in getting many advertisers to pull their ads off Beck's show because of his inflammatory presentations. Credit:  Justin Lane / EPA.






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I do not watch Bill O'Reilly, so I did not hear exactly what he said regarding gay marriage and polygamy, but I do believe that he shares that view with members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, the latter having poured a lot of resources into defeating gay marriage in California. The idea is that if a non-traditional (in this case same-sex) type of union were allowed, it's a slippery slope to polygamy, which the mainstream Mormons wish to sweep under the carpet.

It is our right to say what we believe & stand up for what we believe the same as the people protesting. It is time to stand up for what is right.

What a crock. Media matters is owned by George Sorros, the person who wants to take the United States down and wants a "New World". Why is it that a so called Minority who is trying to legitimize themselves is given such credit?

I am an Orbitz user and I will never use them again igf they cow tow to this abuse. I also watch Fox much more than the slandering Media Matters ( only to the leftists by the way) and I have NEVER HEARD ANYTHING untword against any group, let alone the homosexual minority.

Let's look at the slander that the left commentators say? That Bush is a killer? That everyone who does not agree with Obama is a racist?

Get a job you bunch of idiots, stop sucking at Sorros tit

I'm just curious as to what remarks were made. The examples given appear to be more of a difference of opinion rather than actual slurs. Just because someone has a controversial opinion, it doesn't mean that they should be censored or boycotted. Being controversial and having an opinion that may be unpopular with others is not the same as calling someone something.

Can you give us examples of the slurs themselves?

Beck's show wasn't a good fit for Fox, that's why he's leaving the network, it had nothing to do with Media Matters...people who watch Fox don't care what Media Matters says or does...

Orbitz advertises on Fox because it works for them, period...people who watch Fox travel and spend money, their own money....

Fox makes you stupid and mean!

So opinion shows aren't allowed to have opinions or only the ones on fox? The world must all follow the same agenda or risk boycotts I guess.

Gay Rights groups need to learn to pick their battles. This shouldn't one of them. They're making it seem like it's news that Glenn Beck doesn't like gay people, but it's not news at all. We all know he's a clown and his anti-gay stance is very well documented.

If they go after every gay remark made by members of the entertainment world, they will become as ignored as the NAACP is by the public. The NAACP used to go after anyone that used a racial slur or joke, and everyone got tired of their annoying crusading. Now they are hardly in the media for chasing down a famous bigot because it doesn't change much of anything. They only issue statements when big stars make racist remarks.

Gay Activist groups need to learn how to take some comments with a grain of salt and only pursue worthy causes in their battles if they want to stay respected and well-received.

To truly understand the power of media matters, one merely has to look at the track record of Air America, the liberal radio bastion. Oh, you tell me that Air America went bankrupt, while Fox (and Beck) occupy the top rating in their slot?

Heh. Remember that Beck's people probably outnumber teh gays. 'Nuf said.

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