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?

16 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

  3. Update says:

    CNN fired Jeffrey Lord, the network’s chief pundit-defender of President Trump, on Friday after he tweeted “Sieg Heil!” at a liberal activist, Angelo Carusone, with whom he’d been feuding on Twitter. Lord used the phrase {German: “Hail victory!”}, a Nazi salute, to call out Carusone and his organization, the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America, for leading a sponsor boycott against Fox News’ personality Sean Hannity. CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, apparently saw no nuance or irony in the tweet. “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement a few hours later in announcing Lord’s departure. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/one-day-after-getting-fired-by-cnn-jeffrey-lord-says-he-has-no-regrets/2017/08/11/ffd786a4-7ec7-11e7-a669-b400c5c7e1cc_story.html
    “Use of this salute is a criminal offense in Germany, Slovakia, and Austria. In Canada, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia, the salute is illegal hate speech if used for propagating Nazi ideology.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_salute
    In other news: “Hannity Threatens to Sue Over Non-Existent Surveillance” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2017/08/12/hannity-threatens-sue-non-existent-surveillance/

  4. McLuhan says:

    “To really understand the Trump presidency, you have to understand the pro-Trump media world.
    Fox News host Sean Hannity is one of the world’s “leaders.” He is now in the news for his unusually close ties to President Trump — even relying on the same man, Michael Cohen, for legal counsel.
    Hannity portrays himself as the only media personality telling the truth about Trump’s accomplishments. But Hannity’s nightly show is just one part of this sprawling world. It also includes dozens of radio hosts, scores of web sites, and big companies like American Media, the owner of The National Enquirer. It even includes extremists like Alex Jones, the Infowars host who espouses conspiracy theories.” http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/18/media/president-trump-media-protectors/index.html
    “Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hannitys-rising-role-in-trumps-world-he-basically-has-a-desk-in-the-place/2018/04/17/e2483018-4260-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html?utm_term=.cf402978e59a

    • HAR says:

      “….Another vector influencing the Trump-Fox relationship is Hannity’s frustration with the Murdochs. Sources said Hannity is angry at the Murdochs’ firing of Ailes and Bill Shine, Hannity’s close friend and former producer. Hannity believes the Murdochs are out to get Trump. “Hannity told Trump last year that the Murdochs hate Trump, and Hannity is the only one holding Fox together,” a source who heard the conversation told me. Hannity has told friends that he intends to leave Fox when his contract expires in early 2021, two people who’ve spoken with him said. (Hannity did not respond to a request for comment.)
      Vanity Fair (3/19/19): “Everyone Thinks They’re Going to Sell”: Hellfire at Fox as Hannity Mulls Leaving and Lachlan Goes Full Donna Brazile on Trump : Inside Fox, staffers believe that C.E.O. Lachlan Murdoch is likely to nudge the network in a less pro-Trump direction. Is this the first step in a larger strategy to sell the newly spun-off company?” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/hellfire-at-fox-as-sean-hannity-mulls-leaving

  5. Untermenschen says:

    Following a run of programs that were offensive even by the standards of a Fox News host whose views are frequently praised by white nationalists, advertisers have begun disassociating themselves from Tucker Carlson this week. (Guardian UK) https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/dec/18/tucker-carlson-immigrants-poorer-dirtier-advertisers-pull-out
    A growing number of companies have said they will stop advertising on Tucker Carlson Tonight or are re-evaluating their ad buys after a segment last week in which he said immigrants make America “poorer and dirtier”, a point that he returned to on Monday.

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