Ken Wheaton, writing over at Advertising Age points out the, as he calls it, faux news about the left's newest thuggery regarding Fox News. Let's just say he's less than complimentary at the bullying tactics the left is so proud to finally have gotten into the MSM – after weeks of shopping the story.
I find Fox News' claim to be "fair and balanced" as laughable as the next guy, but not nearly as laughable as these media stunts. True, turn about is fair play. If Bill O'Reilly can fume against JetBlue for sponsoring YearlyKos and the AFA can make boycott noises because of "homosexual messages" in prime time, the liberal coalition is surely welcome to go after Fox and its advertisers. But it isn't news. And if I had my way, the media wouldn't waste any time with any of these efforts until it was actually shown that someone somewhere lost a sale.
Funnier still is that MoveOn, until now, has been unable to get much media coverage — unless one counts The Huffington Post and DailyKos as the sort of media that's going to move the masses. Both of those, by the way, are part of this little coalition of speech police, so that's kind of like getting recognized by your parents for a job well done.
Now the coalition, unable to accomplish much on a national level, has gotten media attention for declaring its intention to monitor local businesses that advertise on Fox News.
That will really hit Fox where it hurts.
As Wheaton points out, cable ad sales are not generally show specific so targeting local businesses is pretty silly. He also would just love to hear the response from anyone who actually did specifically target getting ads on Fox through their local cable company. It would be amusing to say the least. I know some folks are getting worked up about the left's latest bit of thuggish behavior. But keep in mind that Americans, by and large, do not like bullies. So this has a bigger chance of backfiring on the left than it has of actually getting any ads pulled. (Dan Riehl got the information of that decision, incidentally.)