Monday, June 15, 2009
Time for a boycott. Are you in?
It was eleven months ago when a 58 year old man shot up a Unitarian church because he wanted to kill as many liberals as possible. He really wanted to kill all the people in Bernie Goldberg's book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, but that wasn't feasible, so he took a gun and a lot of ammo into a church where one of his ex-wives was a parishioner and started shooting during a play being put on by the kids. He killed two people before he was stopped.
This, of course, was just an isolated incident. So was the 51 year old man killing Dr. George Tiller and the 88 year old man killing a guard at the Holocaust Museum.
Except they are starting to feel less isolated and more like people being amped to act on hatred fueled by what I can only describe as crazy talk all over the media, especially on radio and TV. The most regular carrier of the crazies on TV is Fox News.
You might think this is just lefty jibber jabber, but something said by Fox News reporter Shepard Smith has made me think it's time to do something. Smith reads the e-mail the viewers of Fox send in, and he says it's getting worse and he's concerned.
Smith isn't just another water carrier for all things right wing. During Katrina, he reported from a bridge that connected American soil to American soil, only one side of the bridge was where the flooding was and the other side was the escape to dry land. The National Guard stood at the bridge and did not let people in the flooded area leave. Smith got visibly upset on camera, and when Sean Hannity told him he was lacking perspective, he in essence told Hannity to shove his perspective up his most easily available sphincter.
Blog buddy Karen Zipdrive proposed a boycott of the advertisers of Fox News. She put a list on her website and I will repeat it below. Fox News has the right to say what they want on the air, though the FCC can control content somewhat. We as citizens have the right to call on our fellow citizens to boycott businesses who do things we don't agree with. No one's First Amendment rights are even close to being violated. Fox News is also in business, and until that business suffers, we can't expect to see any movement from them, no matter how many dead bodies pile up.
Here's the list of regular sponsors of Fox News. As Karen asked, can you do without these products?
Holiday Inn Express
I am a customer of only one of these companies, Comcast Cable. Given my current circumstances, I may not be in a situation where I can use a dish in my apartment, and this will effectively mean no TV reception where I live. I'm pretty sure Comcast has a cable monopoly in this area, but I will do some research.
It's a sacrifice, but not a huge one. When I look at my phone/internet service from Earthlink versus TV from Comcast for about the same price, it's no contest as to which is the better value. I think it's time to pull the plug on cable again and to let them know why.
Like my blog subtitle says, we have to stop wishing people dead in public forums. We also need to calm down all the Hitler and Nazi references. People are still going to say these things, but there's no reason why they have to have a forum on TV or radio. There are plenty of other ways to make our points politically other than wishing people dead or comparing them to people that had to be killed to be silenced and stopped. If the employers of the right wing blowhards feel no responsibility about keeping sanity on the public airwaves, maybe their sponsors can be convinced.
So, I'm going to be without TV again for a while. I'll still have Netflix and I can watch stuff online if I can find it, but my conscience tells me I have to tell Comcast to take a hike, and I have to let them know why.
What's your position on this?