Since a reincarnation of the Fairness Doctrine has proved politically impossible at this point, the Obama administration and its allies on the Left are resorting to alternate methods of silencing dissent.
The preferred game plan seems to be modeled on Cuba. Enforcement under Castro involves the Communist Party, the Central Committee, neighborhood brigades, and block wardens. Similarly, under the Messiah, the forces looking to crush the opponents of the regime include the new Czars, the DNC, the local party machines, the ACLU, ACORN, and other “community activist” groups, and the netroots.
These various groups have recently been coordinating a campaign to pressure advertisers to withdraw their sponsorship of Glenn Beck’s television show. They’ve been fairly successful: a number of sponsors have pulled their commercials from the slot. One of them is Clorox, and an Irish reader wrote to the company to express her concern. When she forwarded us the response from Clorox, here’s what she said about it:
I sent an email to Clorox because I was worried about the boycotting of Glenn Beck. I agreed with them that thy are in a very dangerous situation when it comes to politics. I also asked them to keep the same standard when it came to morning shows. The following is what I received.
And here’s what Clorox replied (needless to say, this is not our reader’s real name and address). The comma splices are and misused semicolons are, alas, in the original:
From: Clorox Consumer Services
To: Bridget O’Mara
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 2:25 PM
Subject: Reference Number: 58XXXXX
August 28, 2009
Mrs. Bridget O’Mara
16 Cuchulain Street
Reference Number: 58XXXXX
Dear Mrs. O’Mara,
This is in response to your recent communication regarding Clorox Company advertising. Thank you for contacting us, we very much appreciate hearing from consumers as The Clorox Company remains committed to quality broadcasting. We pride ourselves in being a responsible advertiser and have established long-standing and strict standards for the selection of television programming. Per our standards, we do not advertise in programs that display exploitive sex or violence; treat ethnic, religious or political groups in a disparaging manner; present facts inaccurately or distort them to blatantly partisan advantage; and treat individuals or groups in a demeaning manner.
Clorox holds true to our advertising standards and we hold true to our nation’s heritage of free expression of political opinions. However, consistent with our standards, we do not want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show hosts. After a comprehensive review of political talks shows across the spectrum, at this time we have made a decision not to advertise on political talk shows.
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Today’s television programming environment is extremely challenging for responsible advertisers. However, The Clorox Company will continue to exercise special care in all program and station selection. We do not want to support programming that is in conflict with our programming standards.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.
Consumer Response Representative
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Now, before you all complain to me that this is not really an Islam-related incident, and Clorox is not really a dhimmi company: yes, I know that’s true. But this kind of behavior — the rapid cave-in to pressure groups — is also typical of Islamized corporations.
Besides, it was fun to make the graphic, and I couldn’t resist.
We don’t have a television, so I can’t tell how accurate Ms. Bullock’s assertion is. Have they really pulled their ads from all political shows? How about that Estrogen Central program with Whoopi Goldberg (I can’t remember the name of it)?
I’d be interested to find out how comprehensive the Clorox policy is. My intuition says that it will somehow end up being mostly the right-wing talk shows that are affected.
I’ll bet Chris Matthews’ leg keeps right on tingling even when the Clorox commercial comes on.