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Posted on Oct 31, 2006
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Media Matters obtained this internal ABC Radio Networks memo listing 100 companies that refuse to advertise during Air America programming.

An ABC Radio Networks internal memo lists almost 100 companies, including FedEx, McDonald’s and Microsoft, that refuse to have their ads run during Air America programming. (h/t: Think Progress)


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An internal ABC Radio Networks memo obtained by Media Matters for America, originally from a listener to The Peter B. Collins Show, indicates that nearly 100 ABC advertisers insist that their commercials be blacked out on Air America Radio affiliates. According to the memo, the adverstisers insist that “NONE of their commercials air during AIR AMERICA programming.” Among the advertisers listed are Bank of America, Exxon Mobil, Federal Express, General Electric, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, and the U.S. Navy.

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By mightaswell, November 1, 2006 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment
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I called REI Headquarters today. They say “It’s not true. We do advertise on AA.”

I advised a Mr. Foley that my hiking buddies and myself have bought lots from them over the past 30 years. We all listen to AA at various times and they are missing a key demographic. He indicated they would probably send out an email.

Urge calls to the other companies as well. Some will be sensitive.

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By Louise, November 1, 2006 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment
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Gave up the car and the power mower and the power edger ... my yard has never looked so great! Gave up all my newspapers and magazines (I do miss the mags from time to time) Gave up shopping in “Super” stores and Malls. Amazing what you can find in the Thrift stores, Goodwill and Farmers Markets.

My income hasn’t increased, but my buying power has. My income hasn’t improved, but my quality of life has. Brand names don’t matter any more ... finding quality at unbelievable prices and putting together something comfortable, attractive and practical ... now that is satisfaction. But the greatest satisfaction of all is knowing I no longer pay any attention to commercials, the latest hot-button item, or what the neighbors have. They think I’m the one with all the bucks! I’m the one in the neighborhood who can afford high-speed Internet!

I didn’t do all this because I wanted to stick it to the man ... I did all this because, through no fault of mine, I have become one of the millions of working poor. But guess what? I found out I AM sticking it to the man and it feels GREAT.

So I suggest those of you who can try my method. While you may not be able to give up driving ... a real necessity for most I realize ... you can go the extra mile and find ways to get what you need without buying what THEY think you need! It is possible and your family wont suffer I promise. In fact, they may thank you.

You will eat better, feel better and have a little money left over at the end of the day. Your kids/grandkids will love you, ask mine. When given the choice between a trip to the Mall, or Mickey D’s and a trip to the Goodwill, they’ll beg me to take them to the Goodwill. A couple of dozen toys (or anything else they want) for the price of one! And while they may not be the toys or stuff the commercials are telling them they want, they have discovered a whole new world in toys and stuff that NOBODY ELSE HAS, what a charge!

No kidding ... I get at least one phone call every single day from one of my former Newspapers, usually two ... they are desperate, “How does free sound?” When I see the same desperation in the big corps that have decided to run our lives I’ll be happy, and that can happen if we all decide they can get along without our purchases, because here’s the big secret they don’t want us to figure out ... they cant!

Go ahead, stick it to the man!

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By saul, November 1, 2006 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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Christo/fascists resist freedom of speech even though they hide behind it when it comes to contributing to campaigns and claiming that is freedom of speech.
All right wingers icluding those that claim to be Communists want a controlled press, this way they can screw tge sheep and they will not bleat

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By Evergreen, November 1, 2006 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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Of course the media is owned by just a few conglomerates….But that is not who we are talking about.  We are talking about the corporations who are owned by a few more than that…And We are talking about the right of the corporations to advertise where they please.

Having said that: I would bet my bottom dollar that ABC/Disney conglamorate instigated this blackblist of Air American by appealing to (or otherwise inducing) these corporate customers.  If The named corporate identities…were not carrot or sticked into it… I doubt if this blacklist memo could have/would have been generated .

Good idea, but Who is going to put out that list of contacts for all/most of these corporations so we can contact them????

Evergreen

In response to: Comment #35977 by kevin99999 on 11/01 at 1:51 pm

This is utter non-sense. About 99 percent of media is owned by 4 or 5 conglomerates. This notion that these conglomerates free to censor free speech is not and ought not to be consistent with their charter…..these kinds of views are reflective of thinking engendered by the corporate media and thinking.

Which in turn was in response to:

“While every corporation is free to advertise or not advertise where they want…” Comment #35839 by Evergreen on 11/01 at 8:40 am

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By Spinoza, November 1, 2006 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment
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Boycotting is good but getting guns and bombs are likely to be more successful. We have to put the mass media off the air and outlaw advertising.

WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE, WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS

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By kevin99999, November 1, 2006 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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“While every corporation is free to advertise or not advertise where they want…” Comment #35839 by Evergreen on 11/01 at 8:40 am

This is utter non-sense. About 99 percent of media is owned by 4 or 5 conglomerates. This notion that these conglomerates free to censor free speech is not and ought not to be consistent with their charter…..these kinds of views are reflective of thinking engendered by the corporate media and thinking.

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By kevin99999, November 1, 2006 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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The american public should insist that the public airways do not belong to these right wing morons at ABC and its affiliated networks.

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By Virginia in PA, November 1, 2006 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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I would like to know which ABC advertisers did not blacklist Air America so I can favor their products.

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By Lorenzo Torres, November 1, 2006 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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Oh but it’s ok for their ads to be run on FOX whilst the drug addicted host slanders makes fun of a Parkinson’s victim!?!?! I am outraged! I say publish the full list so we can blacklist these businesses as well. If they won’t advertise to me I won’t spend my well earned liberal money at their establishments. PUBLISH THE FULL LIST!

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By Sherlock Vidal, November 1, 2006 at 11:43 am Link to this comment
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We’re ignoring the crime here. What happened is they bought the time, but didn’t PLAY the ads, which has resulted in AA having blank air over and over. If you listen to AA you know this is true. You also hear all those rude NSA ” bleats ” popping in at random all over the programs as well.
We live in infantile times, under the soft, spoiled fantasy world thumb of that psychotic murderer boy bush. I’m not afraid of him-he’s under arrest for violating Geneva. Now somebody with a badge and gun go do your job and get that vile enemy of the world out of my White House.

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By Chris Jones, November 1, 2006 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
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REI?  Damn. I have been a member since 1975… No longer.

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By Nick, November 1, 2006 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Well, if we are not already doing so, now we know who to boycott.

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By Jeff, November 1, 2006 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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Advertising is not about politics, it is about money and getting people to buy your product. 

If these companies don’t want their products associated in any way with Air America, then they feel that this is because this implied association would hurt their sales.  Could this really be because the majority of people in this country really don’t care for Air America? 

As has been said, vote with your wallet.  It should be obvious to everyone that millions of Americans are doing just this, and that this is why Air America cannot find advertisers to keep it in business.

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By Rich, November 1, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Hey do listeners of Air America want to hear how big oil is supposedly on the side of the environment?

Or do the listeners want to hear commericials to go to Disney Land?

Oh and what will the listeners do if we dont hear a McDonalds commercial. Let the Rush Limbaugh listeners eat the artery clogging food.

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By GW=MCHammered, November 1, 2006 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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Proof of global devolution… Corporate McCarthyism. What’s next, these over-familiar conglomerates will be caught cooking their books? Sheesh!

Frankly, we’d all be better off if their commercials were shown nowhere and the savings passed on to consumers ‘cause we all pay. Let’s keep their ads out of orbit and off the moon too!

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By B. Allan Ross, November 1, 2006 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Nice job, proof that the censorship is being done by stuffing cash in the pipeline at critical spots, stifling the right of The People to hear reality-based news and commentary rather than their own favorite, fantasy-based news and commentary.

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By Evergreen, November 1, 2006 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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While every corporation is free to advertise or not advertise where they want, we the consumers,have a right to make this blacklisting widely known so that people can choose where they want to spend their money or not spend it.

I plan to make up some informational handbills to hand out in front of our local (only 2 blocks away) REI this weekend. 

Also sent a protesting/questioning as to why email to Discovery Communications who took over Discovery Channel a year ago. 

Evergreen

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By Winston Warfield, November 1, 2006 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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Mullolini defined fascism as the convergence of politics with corporate business.  We could call it McFascism in today’s climate of clampdown of dissident programming.  And, Air America isn’t even that radical; it’s pretty tame by my lights, expressing essentially the Democratic party’s line.

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By William Taylor, November 1, 2006 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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To state the obvious, these are companies that Air America would never permit to have any kind of editorial sway or input concerning thier programming or host’s views.  Hence I imagine the ‘blacklist’ is mutual.

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By Ann, November 1, 2006 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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Turnabout is fair play.  I’d like to see that list and make sure that I don’t patronize the establishments or services of those involved in the black list.

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By Bukko in Australia, November 1, 2006 at 5:12 am Link to this comment
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It’s economic censorship, pure and simple…

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By Druthers, November 1, 2006 at 1:42 am Link to this comment
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How fearful they are.  They own most of the world, at least on paper and one lone radio station has them shaking in their boots, or perhaps their houseshoes, handsewn premiumn patent leather it goes without saying.
There must be no dissenting voice, not a whisper, just the purring whine of repeated soundbites, mindless thought associations and threats of us or chaos.
They do not seem to realize that we have it all…them and chaos.

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By John Furie Zacharias, November 1, 2006 at 1:18 am Link to this comment
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I actually have no real problem with corporate entities demanding that their money not be wasted on an audience they feel is inappropriate for their advertising.

For example, I find it ridiculous and just as irritating to have to watch the same 30-second Boeing commercial, over and over again, just to be able to view a 90-second video news clip that might interest me on corporate media sites.

Publish all the corporations’ names not supporting the cash-strapped Air America radio programming from the memo depicted above. That way, your loyal readers can decide to take their business elsewhere as well. They can vote with their wallets, as they may choose to do so.

Get crazy about it. Publish and link these corporations with their PR email addresses, so we can send mass emails and make these clueless, clubhouse-lizard, mouth-breathing, triple-chinned, golden-shower parachute corporate executives vastly more aware of where their paychecks really originate.

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By Betty Bartholomew, October 31, 2006 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment
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I love Air America.  If these businesses are blacklisting Air America.  That is their right.  However I have the right not to purchase their products.  And I cAn certainly spread the word around to my frinds.  What a shame that this country is not large enough to accomodate a diversity in thinking.

Thank you for the information.

Sincerely,
B. Bartholomew

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By Rudy Nardelli, October 31, 2006 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment
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Why isn’t anyone starting an effort to boycott companies that blacklist liberal efforts re: Air America and ads for Dixie Chicks film?

People are angry…the timing of this effort is perfect because it will fire the anger by bring these practices up to the public.

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By Jon B, October 31, 2006 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment
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All of these advertisers including but not limited to Bank of America, Exxon, Fedex, GE McDonalds, Microsoft…......have been making money from us, the little guys. We are their lifeline. Now these bastards want to make money from and control us as well.

There are alternatives and the alternatives are foreign companies offering equivalent products.

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