Carbonite CEO tied to MoveOn.org: time for conservatives to fight blacklisting?
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“We called it ‘fingerprint coverage,’” explains one former staffer, “where you know it was the result of your work.” As an example, he cites the left-wing group Color of Change, co-founded by the controversial former White House “green jobs” czar Van Jones, which received much of the credit for pressuring advertisers to drop their sponsorship of Beck’s show. But in fact, he says, Media Matters developed the campaign that cowed Beck’s sponsors.
DO YOU GET the picture? The American Left — whether it pops up in the form of Media Matters, Color of Change, MoveOn.org, Texans for Truth or other groups — is determined to shut off conservative dissent from their agenda by whatever means necessary. Fueled in part by money like that they received from David Friend of Carbonite. To do this they are quite specifically going after conservative talk radio hosts and television commentators one by one by one. The fact that David Friend of MoveOn.org/Carbonite is there to stick it to Rush is all the better. The fact that Ed Schulz called Laura Ingraham a slut is one big no-big-deal to Sandra Fluke herself when she wants air time on with Mr. Ed. Why should David Friend care if Ms. Fluke doesn’t? So, Carbonite continues as Mr. Ed’s sponsor, sluts be damned.
As noted earlier, what began with Don Imus, Lou Dobbs, and Glenn Beck has just hit Pat Buchanan.
Now, they want Rush’s scalp. So all these companies are bleating about angry customers demanding they stop sponsoring Rush? Mr. Friend of Carbonite has the gall to lay off his decision on his daughters when he’s a card carrying leftist who gives the slut business the brush-off when it’s Ed Schultz?? Are these people (other than Carbonite, whose CEO manifestly appears to have an agenda) really that professionally incompetent as a company that they don’t understand what the Daily Caller story was saying?
Are they really, seriously that clueless when there is a very detailed story out there X-raying in graphic detail just how this anti-free speech game is played? Fifty people assigned just to get Don Imus alone? The head of Media Matters personally calling “the heads of various liberal activist groups to coordinate a message” to fire Imus — having the job done within a week? What don’t these sponsors understand when a left-wing radical activist crows that “we” got Lou Dobbs fired? What don’t they understand about “fingerprint coverage” designed to fire prominent conservatives?
Are these sponsors really that stupid that they aren’t aware they are being played for suckers by leftist radicals? Or, in fact, like David Friend and Carbonite, are they shadowy, behind-the-scenes participants?
Once upon a time — in 1962 when Ronald Reagan was the host of General Electric Theater on CBS — there was a call for Reagan’s scalp for the same reason. The Left didn’t like what he was saying. In fact, Michael Reagan once wrote about the day GE fired his Dad for speaking what we now call truth to power. Wrote son Michael Reagan of his Dad’s encounter with saying the politically incorrect:
General Electric wants us to feel warm and fuzzy every time we screw in a GE made-in-China twisty light. But I haven’t felt warm and fuzzy toward GE since that day in 1962 when Dad came home and told us he had just been fired by GE and his show, “General Electric Theater,” was canceled.
Dad explained that CBS hadn’t canceled the highly rated show. Instead, GE had pulled the plug. As the company was negotiating some government contracts, Bobby Kennedy, the attorney general of the United States, bluntly informed GE that if the company wished to do business with the U.S. government, it would get rid of “General Electric Theater” and fire the host.
Dad had criticized the Kennedy administration in some of his speeches, and the administration fought back through the president’s brother. Within 48 hours of Bobby Kennedy’s call, Ronald Reagan was out of a job.
Ronald Reagan in 1962. Rush Limbaugh fifty years later in 2012. The left never changes.
But conservatives have changed in those last fifty years. In his last speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just weeks ago, Andrew Breitbart stood at the podium and said: “Conservatives used to take it and we’re not taking it anymore.”
There isn’t going to be any of this intimidation anymore.
Conservatives are the majority in this country politically. No longer are they required to sit meekly, just take it and shut up. Rush Limbaugh’s audience doesn’t have to put up with this garbage as conservatives of an earlier era once did.
Make no mistake. The question is now on the table: should the sponsors who allow themselves to be intimidated by these bullies into attacking Rush Limbaugh deserve commercial support from conservatives? Some are doubtless sponsors of other conservative shows. Carbonite is now instantly revealed by its own CEO as being a cynical player of a double game — funding left wing groups who participate in blacklisting campaigns, giving a pass to lefty Ed Schultz for using the exact word as Rush, then helping from the inside and laying the blame for withdrawing Carbonite’s ads from Rush on his daughters. But clearly, if they are abandoning Rush Limbaugh, this serves as an implied threat to every talk radio host in the land who has these companies as sponsors. By doing what they have now done, these one-time sponsors of Rush Limbaugh’s show have now startlingly indicated that they are signing on with anti-First Amendment thugs.
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