Conservative TV and radio show host Glenn Beck once had the ear or the ire of almost every political wonk and zealot in America, depending on which side of the political aisle they were on. These days? Well, let's just say that his on-air crying fits would make a lot more sense now. Beck's network, TheBlaze, has gone through rounds of layoffs and restructuring in the last few years, and the sale of his media company's private plane looks like the latest brick to fall out of his media empire's foundation. The used aircraft website Controller.com recently listed a 1966 VIP McDonnell Douglas DC9-15 Executive for sale. The plane is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration toMercury Radio Arts, the Irving-based media company founded by Beck in 2002 that encompasses his various projects and business ventures. An aviation company based in Latroke, Pennsylvania, is putting the plane up for sale and does not list an open bid or sticker price. The ad is offering the aircraft … [Read more...] about Glenn Beck’s Media Company Continues to Crumble as His Company Jet Goes Up for Sale
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Last Updated Aug 12, 2009 10:34 AM EDT Geico, Men's Wearhouse, State Farm and Sargento have joined four other advertisers in pulling their ads from Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck show after Beck called President Obama a racist. Geico pledged to send its Beck money to "other network programs." which sounds like the dollars are shifting elsewhere on Fox, not leaving Fox entirely. UPDATE: A Fox spokesperson confirmed: "The advertisers referenced have all moved their spots from Beck to other programs on the network so there has been no revenue lost." Advertisers that remain on Beck's show -- and thus on the boycott hit list -- are: General Electric, Farmers Insurance, Office Depot, NestlÃ© (Gerber), Red Lobster, Travelocity, the U.S. Postal Service, Walmart and Wyeth. In an exchange on Fox and Friends, Beck said Obama has: -- a deep-seeded hatred for white people -- I'm not saying he doesn't like white people, I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist. In an … [Read more...] about Geico, Others Join Ad Boycott of Fox’s Beck Over “Obama Is Racist” Remarks
Last Updated Aug 14, 2009 2:47 PM EDT I never really thought that the conservative Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck and shock jock Howard Stern had much in common -- but now I do. As Stern did before him, Beck is about to become a no-fly zone for blue-chip advertisers. Goodbye Swiffer, hello Shamwow. I've come to this conclusion after reading two stories today regarding the decision by some blue-chip advertisers (some of which appeared on "Glenn Beck" by mistake, but that's another story) to ensure that their ads not appear on his program. This, after, Beck -- who seems to be one of those people who will say anything for a headline -- declared recently that President Obama has a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." Ironically, Beck didn't say this on his own show; he said it on "Fox and Friends," so this isn't just bad news for Beck; it's bad news for Fox News, and MSNBC, for that matter. (More on that below.) There's a bitter debate about advertising on … [Read more...] about Glenn Beck Poised to Become the Next Howard Stern — From an Advertisers’ Perspective
Last Updated Sep 17, 2009 12:02 PM EDT The Glenn Beck Program now likely earns less in advertising than it costs to produce, according to my colleague Jim Edwards at BNET Advertising, who's been providing diligent coverage of the growing boycott against the Fox News Channel talk show host. It started when Beck called President Barack Obama a racist with a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." Procter & Gamble was one of the first companies to pulls its ads in response, followed by dozens of others, including Wal-Mart, ConAgra, General Mills, Kraft, Dannon, Sargento and Applebee's. The total number of companies now disassociating themselves with Beck is close to 60, but Fox is still getting the money. The companies are simply requesting that Fox not air their ads during that particular show. Meanwhile the controversy has garnered even more attention for Beck, who is inflammatory to the point of seeming unstable. Since his initial boycott-inspiring Obama … [Read more...] about Glenn Beck More Popular Than Ever Despite Boycott
Last Updated Apr 7, 2011 10:04 AM EDT Glenn Beck is not really leaving News Corp.'s (NWS) Fox News Channel, as everybody is reporting, and that's key to understanding what is really happening between Beck and Fox. In fact, Beck's "transition off of his daily TV program" is an elegant solution to the advertising boycott that has plagued Beck's show since he first announced that President Obama had a "hatred for white people" and was "a racist" in August 2009. It's worth reading Beck's actual statement. It says that he and Fox svp Joel Cheatwood will work at Beck's production company, Mercury Radio Arts, to produce new shows for Fox. The fact that Cheatwood is leaving with Fox chief Roger Ailes' blessing is crucial: Cheatwood is, arguably, the most influential producer and stylist in modern news television. The son of an itinerant tent preacher -- I'm not making this up -- he essentially invented the tabloid news style while a young man at Miami's WSVN in the 1980s. Whatever Edward R. … [Read more...] about Follow the Money: Glenn Beck Is Not Leaving Fox, He’s Ending an Ad Boycott
Conservative media personality Glenn Beck is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, announcing the news Saturday on social media. The news comes just days after Sarah Palin -- another conservative firebrand often allied with Beck -- threw her weight behind Cruz's chief rival for the GOP nomination, Donald Trump. Beck appeared at an Ankeny, Iowa, rally with Cruz on Saturday along with Rep. Steve King and socially conservative activists Bob Vander Plaats and David Barton. " I am here to announce that I am officially endorsing Ted Cruz," Beck said to loud applause. Of Beck's endorsement, Cruz said on stage, "Wow. Can you tell that I'm speechless?" Another rally in Waterloo, Iowa, is expected to feature the Texas senator later in the day. Both events are sponsored by Keep the Promise, the super PAC supporting Cruz. It's an open question as to how much endorsements from conservative personalities like Palin and Beck can help a candidate, but they do help Cruz and Trump create … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Glenn Beck endorses Ted Cruz’s White House bid
Last Updated Apr 5, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Well, we're in the midst of a thorny advertising dilemma, to say the least. A couple of weeks ago, we began advertising Blinds.com on the Glenn Beck radio program. It took all of about 6 days before the vitriolic verbal attacks against me and my company rolled in via Twitter. And they've been nasty -- I've been called everything from a Nazi and a homophobe to a slew of other names that if published here my editor would surely censor. (For the record, I'm Jewish and a supporter of the AIDS Foundation.) One day last week, within 24 hours alone, I received hundreds, if not thousands, of tweets along these lines. The group behind all of this appears to be well-organized. Their goal is to convince -- or rather, scare -- companies into pulling their advertising from Glenn Beck's program. Now, if you're a Glenn Beck hater (or not), please do me the courtesy of hearing me out before adding your thoughtful opinion below. First, let me get something out of … [Read more...] about Should We Advertise on Glenn Beck?
NEW YORK - Conservative host Glenn Beck has been suspended by SiriusXM satellite radio for agreeing with an author who asked hypothetically "what patriot will step up" to remove Republican Donald Trump from office if he's elected president and oversteps his authority. SiriusXM said Beck's program was suspended for this week, and the company was "evaluating its place" in the lineup. The comments "may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office," SiriusXM said in a statement. During an interview May 25, author Brad Thor said he was "about to suggest something very bad" before citing a weak Congress and asking "what patriot will step up" to stop President Trump if he tried to exceed the powers of his office. "I would agree with you on that," Beck responded. Thor, a frequent guest of Beck's and an author of thriller novels, said in a statement to The Associated Press that he and Beck "were discussing a speculative future … [Read more...] about What Glenn Beck did to get suspended by SiriusXM
Conservative pundit Glenn Beck is criticizing his fellow conservatives after a group of them met with top Facebook executives to discuss how the company could be more diverse and include right-wing voices. "I sat through a meeting that, to me, felt like I was attending a Rainbow Coalition meeting, that people (not me) had come with a list of demands," Beck wrote in a blog post on Medium Thursday. "It was like affirmative action for conservatives." "Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet," said Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, in a statement earlier this month. Facebook's CEO denied the accusations of liberal bias in a post on the social media site, saying they found "no evidence" that the report was true. But after meeting with Zuckerberg to assess how the company could improve its product to be more conservative-friendly, Beck left the Facebook … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Glenn Beck disagrees with fellow conservatives about Facebook
Those tuning into Tacoma’s sports radio station on Thursday morning may have been surprised to hear talk about Donald Trump, immigration and the national budget. Sports programming on 850AM was replaced Thursday with a new format packed with syndicated programs such as Glenn Beck (6-9 a.m.), (Jack) Armstrong & (Joe) Getty (9 a.m.-noon) and The (Todd) Schnitt Show (Noon-3 p.m.). The station, owned by iHeartMedia Seattle, now bills itself as South Sound Talk 850 and Tacoma’s Voice. A twist of the dial, however, turns up much of the old sports programming. Also announced Wednesday was the launch of 1090 KJR, which features national sports coverage and syndicated programs such as Dan Patrick (6-9 a.m.), The Herd with Colin Cowherd (9 a.m.-noon) and Doug Gottlieb (noon-3 p.m.). The switch to 1090AM should give these programs a stronger signal in Seattle. The transmitter is located on Vashon Island. Broadcasts of Tacoma Rainiers games will remain on 850 AM, whose … [Read more...] about What happened to Tacoma’s sports radio station? Is that Glenn Beck I’m hearing?