U.K. Supermarket Pulls Ads From Fox News Over Glenn Beck Remarks

By Sadie Bass

Oct 5, 2009 9:56am

ABC's Alexa Lighter reports from London: Waitrose, a prominent U.K. supermarket, has pulled advertising from Fox News due to customer complaints about Glenn Beck’s remarks against Barack Obama. In July 2009, Glenn Beck, a Fox News commentator, stated on the “Fox & Friends” morning show that President Barack Obama is "a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture… This guy is, I believe, a racist.” Since Beck’s remarks, over sixty companies have withdrawn advertising from the Glenn Beck Show, including Wal-Mart, Proctor & Gamble, Best Buy, General Mills, Bank of America, and Travelocity. Waitrose, which prides itself for providing “Quality food, honestly priced,” is the most recent company to pull its advertising from the Fox News slot, which runs on Sky Britain. “The decision to withdraw advertising from Fox was in response to concerns expressed by our customers and was not politically motivated,” a Waitrose spokesman told ABC News. Though Waitrose’s decision was not politically driven, the issue has a strong political charge in the U.S. ColorOfChange.org, an organization dedicated to “strengthening Black America’s political voice,” is the frontrunner of an advertising boycott it calls the “Stop Glenn Beck’s Race Baiting” campaign. The website urges companies to take action and believes, “Beck's racially divisive rhetoric and falsehoods peddled as truth have no place on a network that positions itself as a source of news, and it pollutes our public discourse.” Beck’s accusations came in light of Obama’s reaction to African American Harvard University scholar, Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s, arrest by a white police officer on July 16th. In response to the arrest, Obama commented that the Cambridge, MA police department acted “stupidly,” and Gates should not have been arrested.

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