Right-wing moneygrubbers say they are being silenced by the folks who sign the checks

❝ There is a delicious irony when free market zealots become victims of the very system they celebrate…When the market tells them: “You know what? You’re losing us money. We couldn’t care less what you did or how much you made for us yesterday. Get lost.”…

❝ For critics and scholars who have for decades pointed to the acute dangers connected to corporate control of the media, howling from the far-right over O’Reilly, Hopkins and Hannity rings hollow for a couple of reasons.

First, an individual who invokes Nazi ethnic cleaning terminology in relation to Muslims, or was involved in so many sexual harassment lawsuits that his employer had to pay $13m in settlement deals, are hardly poster children for journalistic free speech. At the broader level, however, these are people who have served a political ideology that has pushed deregulated markets conducive to the concentration of corporate control – which in the case of media also means excessive advertiser influence…

❝ Breitbart, Fox News, the Daily Mail and Daily Express are all alive and well. Bill O’Reilly wasn’t replaced by Noam Chomsky. He was replaced by Tucker Carlson, who provides a very similar brand of far-right vitriol … just without the sexual harassment accusations. And will LBC now be bereft of far-right anti-immigration voices? Fear not. You can always tune in to Nigel Farage’s show on the same station.

❝ So when senior people at Breitbart and on-air talent at Fox News start saying they are only now realizing the extent of corporate and advertiser power? Cry me a river. They are liars, naïve or have been in a coma for the last 50 years.

RTFA for more dissecting of rightwing moneybags whining about losing their profitable squeeze. Couldn’t happen to a more perfect class of hypocrites and scumbags. Profits are still more important than people, guys. Isn’t that what you wanted?

3 thoughts on “Right-wing moneygrubbers say they are being silenced by the folks who sign the checks

  1. Just deserts says:

    “Breitbart lost 90 percent of its advertisers in two months: Who’s still there?” (Washington Post 6/8/17) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/06/08/breitbart-lost-90-percent-of-its-advertisers-in-two-months-whos-still-there/ According to MediaRadar, a New York-based company that tracks online advertising, which found that, of the 242 advertisers Breitbart had in March of 2017 (itself a drop from the thousands who once allowed their ads to run on it), only 26 now remain. Also Breitbart’s traffic is down 50%
    One reason for the site’s widespread advertiser drop-off is that it’s simply become easier to do; as the post-Trump political polarization has only gotten worse, advertising collectives—like Google’s Display Network—have started offering companies the ability to keep their names off of controversial sites. Breitbart—which made its name as an online gathering spot for the screaming voices of the right-wing fringe—has been a no-brainer for most major companies to avoid. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/02/23/it-wasnt-even-a-question-the-simple-calculation-for-pulling-advertising-off-breitbart/

  2. Goya says:

    “The Case For Interviewing Alex Jones : The mainstream media shouldn’t pretend Jones doesn’t exist — it should interrogate him.” https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/the-case-for-interviewing-alex-jones?utm_term=.raLAR5KRzP#.vsN6bB1b3W
    “Why Does NBC News Think We Need to Hear More From Alex Jones?” (National Review) http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/448579/why-does-nbc-news-think-we-need-hear-more-alex-jones “The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that JPMorgan Chase pulled its local television and digital ads from all NBC News programming until after Sunday’s interview airs.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/13/megyn-kelly-dropped-as-host-for-sandy-hook-groups-gala-over-alex-jones-interview/ “USAA dropped ‘Hannity’ amid outcry over conspiracy theory coverage. Now it’s coming back.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/31/usaa-dropped-hannity-amid-outcry-over-conspiracy-theory-coverage-now-its-coming-back/?tid=a_inl

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