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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:50 PM
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But buried near the end of that AP report, Ailes responded to the fact that hundreds of advertisers had pulled their ads from Becks show, saying, Advertisers who get weak-kneed because some idiot on a blog site writes to them and says we need to stifle speech, I get a little frustrated by that.

Angelo Carusone is pretty certain that the some idiot on a blog site is referring to him, and hes not buying any claims that this was a voluntary move on Becks part (I reached out to Fox News for comment but have not heard back). Hes also not surprised that Fox News would try to avoid answering the question. Fox News is deeply concerned about a backlash from Glenn Becks base I call it a Becklash, he told me in a phone interview. Theyve seen this at least in a very small part during the campaign, where advertisers would drop Beck but would continue to advertise on Fox News, and those advertisers were getting heat from Becks own fans, especially during the times when Beck would rant about advertiser boycotts. So clearly Fox News is concerned about getting a backlash from Becks base.

But what of Carusones focus on Beck? While the pundits daily news show may be gone, he still has a widely listened-to radio show, bestselling books, regular speaking gigs, a growing web presence, and references to future Fox News collaborations. He responded by pointing out that many of the advertisers who backed away from the television show announced theyd stay away from all Beck platforms. For example, his online platforms most notably The Blaze, where he hired Betsy Morgan, who is the former Huffington Post CEO; she told the New York Times that they had difficulty selling advertisements for his online holdings. Its because we were able to garner so many committments from so many companies to not sponsor any of Glenn Becks platforms. But he also argued that the television show was the strongest chink in Becks armor. Beck himself has stated on several occasions that of all his media outlets whether its his radio show, whether its his book publications, his live events, his internet holdings the most important part of his enterprise is the chalkboard. He himself has acknowledged that, and Glenn Beck has lost his chalkboard.

I stand very encourged by one thing, he said. And thats that the stations that have been dropping Beck are replacing him with local conservative talkers. That makes me very happy, because instead of having these monolithic voices born of deregulation like Limbaugh and Beck imposed on their communities by these huge media consolidated radio chains instead you have local talkers now who are finally getting a chance. This is the way it used to be, but theyre finally getting to re-emerge, and as a consequence Becks kind is being underminded. And what I like about local talk radio is that even though theyre conservative, at least theyre responsive to the local community. At least there can be diverse voices. If you get six local talkers in the place of Glenn Beck then you have six different ideas and six different takes, and that matters. It really does.

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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:54 PM
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1. Is that @StopBeck on Twitter? He's Awesome!
Edited on Thu Apr-14-11 07:55 PM by Pirate Smile
It is him:

Name Stop Glenn Beck
Location Media+Accountability
Bio I'm Angelo. Director, @mmfa's DropFox effort. I've had enough of @FoxNews' vitriol, deceit & preying on racial anxieties. Statements expressed here are my own
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