What’s good for Hannity is good for Maddow. That’s the thinking behind conservative media groups that are now targeting MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Fox News host Sean Hannity urged his viewers to boycott companies that run advertisements on Maddow’s program.
Media Research Center (MRC) and Media Equalizer are leading the conservative campaigns against “The Rachel Maddow Show, as well as some other mainstream liberal media programs. The planned boycott happened after Sean Hannity lost advertisers because he pushed a conspiracy theory about the murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer. MRC Founder, Brent Bozell, tweeted on Wednesday that his group is monitoring news shows and will put “media advertisers on notice” if they sense any attempts at a liberal “smear” campaign brewing.
“The radical left’s efforts to silence conservative media by targeting their advertisers with coordinated smear campaigns has gone unanswered, and today is the day the conservative movement fights back,” Bozell wrote in a statement. “Every network and cable news channel are today on notice that the MRC will be closely monitoring their leftist opinion programs and informing their advertisers and the American public when these programs and hosts go beyond political commentary and engage in smear, hate and political extremism,” he added.
Hannity retweeted on Tuesday an article by Media Equalizer that supported his talk show when advertisers began pulling away. The post urged viewers to fight back by contacting MSNBC advertisers. “To counteract these fascistic tactics, #StoptheScalpings has decided to fight fire with fire. As long as Media Matters continues to attack conservatives, we will return them the same kindness,” the Media Equalizer story said. “We begin with Rachel Maddow who has been the biggest purveyor of lies and propaganda in the media today. Like Media Matters, we will now inform the public and the advertisers about who they are financing,” it added.
The liberal watchdog group, “Media Matters,” published a list of Hannity’s advertisers to put pressure on them after he aired the conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. Hannity lost over a half-dozen advertisers because of their tactics. So, what’s good for the goose…Media Equalizer has now posted a list on Tuesday of Rachel Maddow’s advertisers along with their contact information.
What do you think about these “fight fire with fire” tactics?
Credit: The Hill