(TeaParty.org) – In many ways, you expect a corporation to avoid all controversy and do what they can to keep the customers and stockholders happy.
So when a company wants to pull their advertisements from a show that has expressed some unpopular views, that’s simply their prerogative.
What these corporations do, however, is not only risk a counter-boycott when they pull their spots from shows that are speaking for the majority of Americans after some pressure from a few keyboard warriors who likely don’t even buy their products, but they also empower this loud, whiny majority to keep making a big fuss over people who express views that are simply different than their own.
Tucker Carlson has become the latest target of just such a boycott, after having the audacity to refer to the illegal migrants trying to enter the US as anything other than desperate women and children fleeing oppressive violence and seeking a better life.
Instead, he called them “cynical shakedown artists who have been watching too much CNN,” something that doesn’t seem too inflammatory considering the way the mostly male, clearly criminal members of the migrant caravan who have openly admitted to simply seeking better job opportunities in the US are behaving.
The media would like us to believe, Carlson said, that “We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer and dirtier and more divided.”
These are the painfully true comments that triggered the snowflake-led boycott, which, according to Huffington Post, now includes these advertisers who have pulled their spots from Carlson’s show:
- Pacific Life
- Voya, Ancestry
- Land Rover
- Just for Men
- United Explorer
- TD Ameritrade
Fox News, however, has stood behind their host.
“It is a shame that left-wing advocacy groups, under the guise of being supposed ‘media watchdogs,’ weaponize social media against companies in an effort to stifle free speech,” a Fox News spokesman said. “We continue to stand by and work with our advertisers through these unfortunate and unnecessary distractions.”
They said they would not “allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants.”
“Attempts were made last month to bully and terrorize Tucker and his family at their home. He is now once again being threatened via Twitter by far left activist groups with deeply political motives,” the network continued. “While we do not advocate boycotts, these same groups never target other broadcasters and operate under a grossly hypocritical double standard given their intolerance to all opposing points of view.”
Not every corporation that received pressure from the general public caved, either. According to The Washington Times, Farmer’s Insurance, Mitsubishi, and John Deere ignored demands from activists to pull their ads from Carlson’s spot.
“In a statement to the Daily Beast, Farmers Insurance said it ‘invests in advertising across a broad range of networks and programs that reflect the diversity of opinions and viewpoints found across the nation,’” the Times reported.
Mitsubishi said that their advertising strategy is driven by demographics and psychographics, “not politics.”
Bayer explained in a statement that: “Opinions or views expressed by the network’s news programs or their hosts are solely those of the network, and do not necessarily reflect those of Bayer. Given the wide diversity of media today and wide range of public opinion on any given issue, it would be an impossible task to find a major television or radio network whose entire programming schedule appeals to all audiences.”
Meanwhile, the AP reported that many of the companies that have boycotted Carlson have simply moved their advertisements to other programs, “meaning the network is under no broad pressure.”