I stand Vehemently Opposed

To what, you ask? Well, to all the corporate sponsors withdrawing support of whatever is the Cause du Jour by one political or social justice side or the other.

Today’s kerfuffle is NBC’s Megyn Kelly Show interviewing InfoWars Alex Jones.

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Photo via the Wall Street Journal

JP Morgan announced it is withdrawing its advertising in this comment in the WSJ article:

J.P. Morgan Chase has asked for its local TV ads and digital ads to be removed from Ms. Kelly’s show and from all NBC news programming until after the show airs, according to a person familiar with the matter.  The company doesn’t want any of its ads to appear adjacent to any promotions for the interview, the person added.

NBC declined to comment.

Love or hate Alex Jones, I’m in the latter category thinking he’s pretty much a loon, there’s a simple way of showing your disapproval for a show. Don’t watch it. Wow, didn’t take a genius to come up with that.

Same goes for two sponsors pulling out of Shakespeare in the Park for the mock assassination of a Trump-looking character in Julius Caesar. Do I think the play producers are crass for pulling such a political stunt, ruining a classic Shakespeare play? Yes. Shakespeare himself is rolling over in his grave. But for me it’s easy – don’t buy tickets to the play. I don’t in any way hold the ad sponsors responsible for the content. They are looking for numbers, viewers who will use their product, and certainly Shakespeare in the Park, until this year, is a very special aspect of NYC culture, worthy of corporate sponsorship.

It’s not just sponsorship that is in jeopardy. Advertisers are being threatened by political and social justice warriors. I can name any number of incidents where social media has brought a company to its knees, to apologize, or to withdraw. Insanity.

Where will it end? The Left demands and the Right demands and corporations are folding to the whims of those demands. I stand vehemently opposed to corporations caving.

Watch Megyn’s show or don’t. It’s your choice and that’s how you make your voice heard. Agree?

24 thoughts on “I stand Vehemently Opposed

  1. Agree, but in the Megyn Kelly case, she’s not interviewing Jones for the human interest factor or to hear his point of view. She’s desperate for ratings, she’s a media hog, and she’s loving all the attention and press her interview is getting.

    As for Julius Caesar, I saw a phrase last week that caught my attention : Trump assassination chic. Whether it’s Kathy Griffin or Shakespeare, the left want his head, literally and figuratively. I can see why the sponsors of the play withdrew. The likeness to Trump crossed the line.

    1. Agree Kelly is looking only to advance her NBC personality. And InfoWar’s Jones is controversial enough to bring out the whackos on both sides but I still contend canceling sponsorship is not the way to protest. To wit, I don’t think any of Kathy Griffin’s comedy gigs should have been cancelled. If you hate what she did, don’t go. But surely there are plenty of people who love what she did. Should our opposition to her acts cause her to lose her earning power? Only if she fizzles on her own, not by coerced cancellations. I would have preferred she kept her gigs and see for herself no one shows up.

  2. I respond to those corporate capitulations by questioning management. Do I really want to hold stock in a company which seems to be managed by the whims of public opinion and the marketing department? Probably not.
    Maybe people are influenced when a sponsor backs out. Don’t know but it’s just another form of advertising the company. It gets the name out there.

    1. Good point about questioning management but I suspect they are under huge stress since the invention of social media – in an hour Facebook and Twitter can swamp a company with angry mentions. Threatening too. If management doesn’t respond, then it looks worse. It’s a lose-lose for companies today – they stand pat and get shouted down. They cave and get called cowards for caving.

  3. The Megyn story gets more interesting by the minute.

    I’m not sure why the Sandy Hook people asked her to speak in the first place but that they’d uninvite her because of a guest she plans to interview is stupid. Interviewing Alex Jones doesn’t mean she approves of his stances.

  4. I don’t consider this political — no political party should want to be affiliated with Alex Jones. A woman was just sentenced to prison, rightfully IMO, in Connecticut the other day because she was harassing and threatening the parents of a child murdered at Sandy Hook. What spurred her? One, mental illness. But two, Alex Jones, who convinced her and others that the entire thing was faked by the government and that the parents were participants. Obviously, this is part of a larger trend (with which I generally disagree), but in this instance, I’m perfectly fine with it.

    Whether or not advertisers or sponsors should pull out? To me, that’s the corporate equivalent of an individual deciding not to buy a ticket or to change the channel. Like it or not, corporations are run by people — directors — who determine whether and how to spend corporate money. If shareholders don’t like the decisions that they make, they can replace the directors.

    1. Alex Jones is awful, no argument from me, and it’s scary he has so many followers. I’m not one.

      I hadn’t heard of the CT arrest but glad she got sent off to prison. But what do you generally disagree with and what are you perfectly fine with? I didn’t understand that sentence.

      As for the corporations pulling out. If the decision were honestly and thoughtfully made by the Board, that’s one thing, but today, I bet my last dollar Boards are scrambling to make a decision in haste, as a reaction, not as a policy. That’s my problem.

  5. I agree and disagree. I honestly don’t care where corporations put their advertising dollars, but, when organizations like Media Matters make it the tool by which they achieve their goals without some kind of push back from the other side – then it’s game on. What’s the diff? Seems to me that it’s up to the company to make a decision where to spend their money and if a little sunlight is cast upon their decision, so be it.

    By the way, it isn’t just advertising dollars that show the corporate mindset:

    http://samuel-warde.com/2014/12/10-great-progressive-companies/

      1. If I was a stockholder, I would hope they spend the money where they think it wise and be even handed about it (say advertising on Fox and NBC). To use USAA as an example, I didn’t know they were advertising on Mr. Maddow’s show, Chris Matthew’s show and Jake Tapper’s show until they made big deal by pulling ads from Hannity’s show (none of those shows I watch, so I wouldn’t know).

  6. If you had any doubt of Megyn’s motive in interviewing Jones, here it is in black and white.

    She wants to take down Trump. It’s not about Jones and his position. Se’s one backstabbing bitch.

        1. There is nothing about Kamala Harris that would recommend her for further public office. She and the Dems may have conned the degenerate CA voters, but, her self-righteous ‘advocacy’ merely masks a low IQ, affirmative action hire reality.

        2. I know that and you know that but moose around twitter feeds of Hollywood celebs. They’ve already crowned her the next great thing to break the vicious cycle of the oppressive R regime.

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