One conservative group has found a way to punish liberal media outlets for their anti-Trump and anti-conservativism smears – they’re taking action against the companies who advertise with them.
The Media Research Center launched a campaign Wednesday that will flood corporate sponsors of left-leaning shows with protests when their programs are used to “spread vicious lies and hate.”
MRC published a list of ten shows – six on MSNBC and four on CNN – which they will be targeting, along with a complete list of the advertisers of each show. The ten are:
- Politics Nation with Al Sharpton
- Hardball with Chris Matthews
- All In with Chris Hayes
- The Rachel Maddow Show
- The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
- AM Joy (with Joy Reid)
- Anderson Cooper 360
- CNN Tonight with Don Lemon
- Reliable Sources (with Brian Stelter)
- Fareed Zakaria GPS
To his credit, Zakaria did recently speak out against the way the left attempts to silence the free speech rights of conservatives.
MRC President Brent Bozell issued the following statement:
“We are putting the radical left on notice that we are on to them. We know the inside-outside game that radical organizations are playing with their leftist allies in the “news” media. The radical left’s effort to silence conservative media by targeting their advertisers with coordinated smear campaigns has gone unanswered, but today is the day the conservative movement fights back, but with a big difference: We’ll tell the truth. And we’ll take no prisoners.
Every network and cable news channel is today on notice that the MRC will be closely monitoring their leftist opinion programs and informing their advertisers and the American public when these programs and hosts go beyond political commentary and engage in smear, hate and political extremism. The difference between our effort and what the left is engaged in is that we will demonstrate to the advertisers of these programs how the hosts of these shows are not simply engaged in disagreeable political discussion but rather outright hate and personal character assassination.
Today we are putting ten shows, and their major corporate sponsors on notice that we are watching their every move. Additionally, we will be publicly listing the advertisers of these programs and asking them to defend their decision to continue airing ads on these shows. Every time one of their on-air personalities go beyond political commentary and engage in smear and hate, we are going to unleash an army of activists to contact these advertisers by phone and through social media to ask them why they are advertising on programs that are so biased, repulsive and morally bankrupt.”
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