Saturday, March 28, 2009
Corporate Sponsors Won’t Stand for O’Reilly’s Ambush Journalism
Posted by ZP Heller, Open Left on March 27, 2009 at 6:53 AM.
The O’Reilly Harassment Machine keeps spinning. Last night on The Factor, O’Reilly called Think Progress “insects,” said Center for American Progress CEO John Podesta was “driving the hate industry,” and that blogger Amanda Terkel was “harming a rape victim and her family.” Let’s deconstruct these idiotic insults.
For starters, Think Progress clearly aren’t powerless insects, but they have gotten under O’Reilly’s skin. They have launched a campaign to compel O’Reilly’s leading corporate sponsors (including AT&T, Johnson&Johnson, Capital One, UPS, Audi, Sharp, Hyundai, P&G, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Ford, and Bayer) to end his ambush journalism. And as I wrote yesterday, they’ve got a list chronicling 40 instances of this deplorable practice. This campaign has already been effective; a Ford spokesman agreed with the criticism of O’Reilly, whom he called “hopelessly pig-headed,” and Capital One also expressed regret and claimed they don’t endorse O’Reilly’s views. This is fantastic pressure that hopefully will curb O’Reilly’s “gotcha” journalism that he plays off as accurate investigative reporting.