The pathetic thing is that advertisers are pulling ads even though the very people who are protesting would never buy, nor could afford, their products.
It’s time we boycott the advertisers in a way leftists can’t: by destroying their bottom lines and putting them out of business.
Seven companies announced Wednesday that they will no longer advertise on Sean Hannity’s nightly show on Fox News.
Cars.com, the automotive classified site, was the first to announce that it was pulling its commercials from the popular 10pm nightly talk show Hannity, which has devoted extensive airtime to a conspiracy theory surrounding a murdered Democratic Party official.
‘The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content,’ Cars.com said Wednesday in a statement.
‘We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.’
Six other advertisers followed suit, according to BuzzFeed.
They include two mattress companies, Leesa and Casper; exercise bike maker Peloton; military family insurer USAA; Crowne Plaza Hotels; and Ring, which provides outdoor home security.
In a late night tweet, Hannity did not mention the advertiser exodus, though he did say that he was going on a ‘Memorial Day long weekend.’
‘Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW,’ Hannity tweeted.
A former colleague of Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, famously went on vacation last month after dozens of companies pulled ads from his show in response to reports that he paid $13million to settle sexual harassment claims made against him by a number of women.
O’Reilly did not return to his show, as Fox News fired him.
Hannity earlier Wednesday blamed Media Matters for America, a non-profit organization, for orchestrating the backlash against him in an attempt to have him fired.
The Fox News anchor started furiously tweeting early Wednesday morning, after the progressive media watchdog group published a list of his advertisers for a boycott of his show.
Hannity has come under fire in recent weeks for actively promoting an unproven theory that Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was shot to death in Washington, DC, last year, had ties to WikiLeaks.
The conservative host has been on the defensive, particularly since his bosses at Fox News retracted the story about Rich following public outcry.
Hannity said Tuesday he’s backing off his speculation about the murder after talking with Rich’s family, which had appealed to the media to stop.
The decision took Hannity off a potential collision course with his network, which earlier Tuesday had removed a week-old story about the case from its website because ‘it was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.’