From today’s TRI Newsletter: Premiere Networks is circulating a list of 98 advertisers who want to avoid “environments likely to stir negative sentiments.” The list includes carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm) and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway). As you’ll see in the note below, those “environments” go beyond the Rush Limbaugh show –“To all Traffic Managers: The information below applies to your Premiere Radio Networks commercial inventory. More than 350 different advertisers sponsor the programs and services provided to your station on a barter basis. Like advertisers that purchase commercials on your radio station from your sales staff, our sponsors communicate specific rotations, daypart preferences and advertising environments they prefer… They’ve specifically asked that you schedule their commercials in dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity). Those are defined as environments likely to stir negative sentiment from a very small percentage of the listening public.”
98 Corporations are opting out of advertising on Premiere Networks Conservative Talk Shows. The self embalming lunacy is the largest threat to freedom of speech since the generation which saw the so called fairness doctrine. It is interesting that “offensive” ideas represent traditional morality, free markets, and American Exceptionalism. The war on religion, the characterization of conservatives as nut jobs, crazies, sluts, and religious fanatics seems fine. I believe that we need more speech not less. Prior censorship based upon viewpoints is just plain chilling. A corporation which does not like something specific has a right to decide if it wants to advertise there. This action, however, is a prior restraint on speech. It is guilty by viewpoint association. If we do not let these corporations know that you cannot marginalize half of America, freedom in America will die while we slumber. The looney left does not want to win the argument. They want to shout down, shut down, and slam down any unapproved expression of ideas. That is unamerican at its core and must be opposed on principle.