Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Hannity steps over the line... again!

From News Hounds:

Monday night (3/20/06), in several Hannity & Colmes discussions ostensibily about the third anniversary of the war in Iraq, Sean Hannity chose not to discuss the war nor defend it but to savagely attack Democrats and paint THEM as the national enemy. News Hounds calls on all Americans to stand up and demand an end to that kind of demagoguery.

It's a typical Hannity tactic to blame Democrats whenever he can't defend the president but this time he crossed a line. Here are a few excerpts of what Hannity and some of his fellow FOX contributors had to say last night:

Hannity: “There used to be a time where the left cared about humanity, about security, about liberty. But obviously that's not the case anymore because if they had had their way, and now we're talking about the appeasement-minded, surrender-minded Democrats of today.”

Full story here: http://tinyurl.com/fehtp

Tell one of Hannity's "favortite" sponsors (who advertises and sponsors his website at www.hannity.com) what you think of their support of Hannity:

RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Guest Comments Page:

http://www.ruthschris.com/comment/

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Take Action Against Racist Comments by O'Reilly

On the March 8 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly stated: "You know, in a sane world, every country would unite against Iran and blow it off the face of the earth. That would be the sane thing to do."

View quote on Media Matters

This outrageous quote is another in a long list of offensive comments made by Mr. O'Reilly.

Ad Nausea is featuring insure.com as an advertiser with whom not to do business as Insure.com sponsors Bill O'Reilly's website: http://www.billoreilly.com

CEO Robert Bland, CEO of Insure.com (bob@insure.com) is a huge supporter of O'Reilly and we wonder what he thinks about such a comment. Unfortunately, we suspect that he would approve of such a statement, given his rabid support and defense of Bill O'Reilly.

We are therefore contacting the insurance companies which insure.com promotes.

We are Featuring:

Esurance as one of the companies which is promoted on insure.com

ABOUT ESURANCE:

Our Owner

Esurance is a subsidiary of the White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., a publicly traded financial services holding company (NYSE: WTM). As a part of the White Mountains family, we share White Mountains' commitment to excellence in insurance practices, rigorous financial discipline, and pride of ownership. Esurance Insurance Company and Esurance Property and Casualty Insurance Company are rated A (Excellent) from A.M. Best, which means you can count on your coverage.

erin@esurance.com
If one by one, companies start to distance themselves from insure.com, advertisers will understand that we will not support companies which promote and sponsor racist remarks.

Please contact Esurance and ask them why they are doing business with insure.com -- who sponsors O'Reilly. Referencing this recent quote by O'Reilly might give Esurance a reason to reconsider with whom they do business.


As well, we ask you to contact WESTWOOD ONE:
Westwood One which accoring to their site: "For more than thirty years, Westwood One has provided compelling radio content. 200 million listeners tune in to Westwood One programming each day. Now, our listeners can log on to one website to interact with Westwood One in real time, all day and all night." Westwood One is managed by CBS Radio Broadcasting Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc.


Tell Westwood One what you think of O'Reilly's "compelling" comments:
Contact Westwood One

Thursday, March 09, 2006

O'Reilly's Advertiser: The CEO Responds

This is the email correspondance we received from Robert S. Bland, Chairman & Founder of Insure.com. All correspondance was sent to his email at bob@insure.com

Several others people have forwarded similar responses they've received from Mr. Bland. Apparently Mr. Bland, (who felt the need to share his family information) is the "father of seven young children" and a huge fan and defender of O'Reilly. This CEO, had the following to share about his support of Mr. O'Reilly:


INITIAL EMAIL:

From: Barbara @ Ad Nausea
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 9:40 PM
To: Robert Bland: bob@insure.com
Subject: Your Sponsorship of O'Reilly

Dear Mr. Bland:

I see that your company sponsors Bill O'Reilly's website. This is a shame. There are so many advertising opportunities available to you, it is unfortunate that Insure.com supports a host which threatens its listeners.

When people disagree, or just merely want to express an opinion, that is their 1st Amendment right... and they shouldn't be threatened or intimidated. However, mentioning a rival broadcaster's name unfortunately doesn't qualify as "harrassment," or "obscene," and doesn't warrant a "visit from the authorities."

The sad irony about this situation is that this bully with a microphone (who is himself an expert in phone harrassment) is using the airwaves to threaten listeners.

There are many insurance choices in the marketplace. I will not seek insurance from any of the ones which Insure.com promotes and sponsors.

Sincerely,
B. Harris


ROBERT S. BLAND'S RESPONSE:
Subject: Insure.com Sponsorship of Bill O'Reilly
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 06:47:03 -0600
From: "Robert Bland"


Dear Barbara,

Many thanks for taking the time and effort to write me and thanks for listening to the O'Reilly Radio Factor program! It's a delight to have someone as articulate as you among Bill's 350,000 daily Radio Factor listeners. We advertise on the Bill O’Reilly Radio Factor program precisely to reach smart, articulate people like you.

By the way, did you actually hear that program in question or are you e-mailing form letters after-the-fact?

Bill O'Reilly is one of the few journalists in America that is dedicated to always showing both sides of a story on every story he runs and we commend him for his tireless work to have "Jessica's Law" passed in all states, which goes far above and beyond his role as a TV journalist.

I am familiar with the episode that you are referring to from last week and think it significant that caller “Mike” lied to O’Reilly’s producer about his intended subject matter simply to get on the air to then tout Keith Olbermann. Because caller “Mike” threw the first acid through his deliberate lie, we think that Bill O’Reilly was entirely justified to say that he would have security check out the caller more thoroughly. I have 7 young children and am constantly teaching them the importance of not lying. When you lie, bad things happen. Is “Mike” the caller’s real name or do you think that was a lie, too? Bill has lots of threats on his life and so each one has to be checked out.

As far as we’re concerned, the “Mike” caller incident is a non-issue.

Again, thanks for taking the time to write and I hope that you will consider Insure.com next time you need to shop for auto, life, health or home insurance.

Bob Bland, CEO
www.insure.com
8205 South Cass Avenue, Suite 102, Darien, IL 60561
Phone 800-556-9393, ext. 101


Our Response to Mr. Bland:

Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 06:35:42 -0800 (PST)
From: "Barbara @ Ad Nausea"
Subject: reply: Re: Insure.com Sponsorship of Bill O'Reilly
To: "Robert Bland" bob@insure.com

Dear Mr. Bland:

Thanks for your response.

I don't listen to the Radio Factor as Mr. O'Reilly is a sexual harrasser and someone who lies constantly. I can provide you with hundreds -- if not thousands of examples on a variety of issues, although I am sure that you would defend each.

I heard the program via Olbermann, and then listeded to the clip from O'Reilly.
You can do the same:

Via Keith Olbermann:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zF3IMXa6eaA

Via O'Reilly:
http://mediamatters.org/items/200603030010

Frankly, I am amazed that you would defend such behavior -- threatening callers with a "visit from the authorities" because someone mentions their rival's name on the air is ridiculous. There was no threat on his life. Perhaps mentioning Olbermann's name threatens O'Reillys pocketbook, but that's about it.

Your loyalty is clearly with the harrasser and not with the buying public. I will not consider nor recommend Insure.com and will make it a point to share your views.

Sincerely,
B. Harris



UPDATE: RESPONSE FROM ROBERT BLAND:


Subject: Insure.com Sponsorship of Bill O'Reilly Radio Factor Program
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 09:59:55 -0600
From: "Robert Bland"
To: Barbara@ Ad Nausea

Dear Barbara,

It’s possible that the level of unwanted calls coming into the O’Reilly show perhaps meets the definition of harassment in some states, which made Bill mad. Maybe this is “Mike’s” 200th call. I don’t know because I wasn’t listening but do believe that this entire episode is a lot about nothing. I don’t really care what he said to caller “Mike” and don’t understand why you do. If Fox perceives the calls as threats or harassment, aren’t they entitled to take whatever action is warranted?

I now understand that you are organizing a public boycott of my firm, which is certainly your right. I don’t know if such an action would hurt or help us. I don’t know if such an action would elevate our name or actually cause people not to buy insurance from us.

I don’t have all the facts on this episode but don’t believe that the O’Reilly-Olbermann feud is paramount for either of us.

(Bold Emphasis by Ad Nausea) If you can show me true lies or actual distortions by Bill, I’d be happy to pressure him to atone. But not liking his personality is just not enough for us to pull our sponsorship. I have to place our ad dollars where they do the most good for our shareholders and employees and O’Reilly has assembled an audience of likely Insurance buyers.

Bob Bland, CEO
www.insure.com
8205 South Cass Avenue, Suite 102, Darien, IL 60561
Phone 800-556-9393, ext. 101

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Tell Bill O'Reilly's ADVERTISERS what you think of his threats!

As many of you know, Bill O'Reilly is now threatening his callers with a "visit" from Fox Security and "local authorities," to anyone who mentions Keith Olbermann's name when calling into his radio show. Apparently, Mr. O'Reilly feels that the mere mention of the name "Keith Olbermann" is harrassment.

Here is some video of the action from Keith Olbermann:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zF3IMXa6eaA

Here is a clip of O'Reilly:
http://mediamatters.org/items/200603030010


This is America, Bill. When people disagree, or just merely want to express an opinion, that is their 1st Amendment right... and they shouldn't be threatened or intimidated. However, mentioning a rival broadcaster's name unfortunately doesn't qualify as "harrassment," or "obscene," and doesn't warrant a "visit from the authorities."

The sad irony about this situation is that this bully with a microphone (who is himself an expert in phone harrassment) is using the airwaves to threaten listeners.

There are a variety of companies, (large and small) who advertise and sponsor O'Reilly's programs. I think it is now time to contact Mr. O'Reilly's advertisers and ask them why they are supporting this host. Do they really want their product to be associated with someone who threatens their callers?!

We at Ad Nausea will be posting a list of O'Reilly's advertisers so you may ask them why they support a host who bullies, threatens, and attacks his audience, when there are so many other advertising options available in the marketplace.

We have begun by selecting one company INSURE.COM who is featured on O'Reilly's home page: http://www.billoreilly.com/

Please join us by contacting INSURE.COM and let them know how you feel about their advertising on Mr. O'Reilly's website and their support of such a host:

INSURE.COM
http://www.insure.com/index.html?REF=26777

Corporate Profile:
http://www.insure.com/ir/CorporateProfile.html

Management Team Email addresses:
http://www.insure.com/ir/ManagementTeam.html


Eric Bergquist
Chief Information Officer

ebergquist@insure.com


Robert S. Bland, CLU
Chairman and Founder

bob@insure.com


Phillip Perillo
Chief Financial Officer

pperillo@insure.com


William V. Thoms
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director

bthoms@insure.com


Insure.com, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quotesmith.com, Inc.

Originally founded in 1984 as Quotesmith Corporation, Quotesmith.com owns and operates Insure.com, a comprehensive online consumer insurance information service that caters to the needs of self-directed insurance shoppers. Insure.com provides a comprehensive array of comparative auto, life and health quotes, including a vast library of originally authored insurance articles and decision-making tools that are not available from any other single source. Entirely devoid of advertisers or commercial "sponsorships," Insure.com is dedicated to providing impartial insurance information to consumers.


Please report back any feedback you receive from your correspondance with this company.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A typical Hannity "Conversation"

A wonderful blogger named Mike alerted me to his phone call with Hannity. It just so happens that Media Matters picked it up: http://mediamatters.org/items/200510270008

This call clearly shows the bullying tactics -- and lies Hannity uses to distort the facts. Listen to the way Hannity twists what the caller says. It is all here in black and white. When Hannity can't win with facts, he then resorts to name calling.

Ask Hannity's advertisers if they are proud to support this type of divisive rhetoric. Also, ask ABC Radio Networks, a "family-orientated" company about why they have someone like Hannity on their network of stations.


From the October 25 broadcast of ABC Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show:

HANNITY: [Caller]. New York. Hello.

CALLER: Hi there. You know something? What you conveniently leave out every time is that the president and everyone around him has said they can't wait to get to the bottom of this. They have no idea. But the Daily News has reported that the president knew Rove was behind the leak. He knew he was involved. And the president promised to fire anyone that --

HANNITY: Hey, [Caller]. [Caller]. [Caller]. [Caller]. Where's the evidence that he was behind the leak? And if that's true, wouldn't that be the one thing that you would expect an indictment on? And what is the statute that you would like to apply there beyond your -- you know, I-hate-Karl Rove standard? What is your -- where is your evidence? What is the statute? Where is it applicable?

CALLER: The statutes I want applied is that when the president comes out before the American people and says that he will fire anyone involved, and now we know Karl Rove is involved --

HANNITY: No, no, no -- that, that -- where is your evidence that Karl Rove is involved?

CALLER: He lied to me. And as long as you're going to talk about --

HANNITY: [Caller]. [Caller]. I know -- I know you hate Bush and Rove. Where is your evidence that Karl Rove is involved? What's your evidence?

CALLER: He's been to the grand jury four times. That's involved.

HANNITY: So he went to the grand jury four times to testify, and that's a conviction in your book?

CALLER: The president didn't say he'd fire anyone convicted. He said he'd fire anyone involved.

HANNITY: By the way, ladies and gentlemen, I want to you to please -- hang on. [Caller], don't hang up. We need to use you for a second here. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a classic example of modern liberalism. Hatred, hatred, hatred for Bush and anyone associated with him. Throw him in jail! He testified four times before the -- all right, I'm going to ask you again, [caller]. Do you really want to convict somebody on the idea that he just testified four times before the grand jury? I ask you again, what evidence do you have -- you're so certain that Karl Rove leaked. Where's the evidence?

CALLER: Sean, I'm not going to let you lie about what I just said.

HANNITY: No, I want --

CALLER: I haven't said anything about hating George Bush. I said that he did not tell the truth to the American people. I want him to keep his word.

HANNITY: Hang on. Where's the evidence Karl Rove lied? You said he lied and leaked. Where's the evidence?

CALLER: I didn't say Karl Rove lied. I said the president lied. He would fire anyone involved and he hasn't --

HANNITY: You said Karl Rove -- you said Karl Rove leaked, and you said the evidence is that he went to the grand jury four times. What is your evidence that Karl Rove did this, though?

CALLER: He went to the grand jury four times? It's been reported to everyone.

HANNITY: Oh, boy.

CALLER: It's also been reported --

HANNITY: Hillary Clinton was before the grand jury for six hours. Does that make her guilty?

CALLER: This doesn't have to do with guilt. This has to do with the president's words. You can either take a man at his word, or you can't. I come from New York. Upstate New York.

HANNITY: Oh.

CALLER: It's frog country up here.

HANNITY: Yeah.

CALLER: We keep our word here, and we know what it means when a man is a man of his word.

HANNITY: [Caller], [caller] --

CALLER: And everyone listening to this show knows what the president said.

HANNITY: You sound like a nut. You sound like a nut case.

CALLER: You can call as many names as you want.

HANNITY: No. I just want to know -- just because Karl Rove testified four times, you are declaring him guilty here?

CALLER: No, I said he's involved.

HANNITY: He's involved.

CALLER: And the president said he would fire anyone involved.

HANNITY: Just because somebody testifies, [caller], before a grand jury doesn't mean he's involved. It doesn't mean anything. You don't have any evidence except that -- all you know is he's been questioned about the case. We know that. That's not evidence, proof, or guilt. I'm addressing your illogic here. Just before -- just because he testified four times, you're saying the president's guilty. You know what? You're nuts. I've got to run."


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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Our 2 Featured Advertisers

There are a number of advertisers who advertise and/or sponsor "The Sean Hannity Show." We have provided links on this site to all of the advertisers.

However, we have selected two advertisers to feature this month:
They are Select Comfort Bedding and Microtel Inns & Suites

Out of all of the advertisers, they were chosen as we found it ironic that these two companies focus on "comfort" and making their customers feel, well.... comfortable! It is funny that they both chose to advertise on a radio program which attacks and liberals, Democrats, and basically anyone who is not a Right Wing Conservative Republican, making them feel "uncomfortable!"

Select Comfort and Microtel obviously support the messages that Hannity's spews against half a nation -- or they wouldn't advertise on such a program.
I think therefore, that since these two companies feel "comfortable" advertising on "The Sean Hannity Show," which is their right, we can choose to not patronize their establishments or buy their products.

Share your thoughts with Select Comfort at:

Bill McLaughlin, President and CEO
Select Comfort Corporation
6105 Trenton Lane North
Minneapolis, MN55442
Phone: 763-551-7000
Fax: 763-551-7826
Contact us via E-mail
Website: www.selectcomfort.com

and

Microtel Inns & Suites
http://microtelinn.com/contactus.asp
1-888-222-2142
Website: http://microtelinn.com/index.asp

Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Mission Statement

AD NAUSEA MISSION STATEMENT

Are you tired of advertisers using your money to insult you?

We are. And that’s why Ad Nausea was formed.

Ad Nausea is a grass roots organization in which consumers and concerned citizens come together to make their voices heard.

We ask advertisers, businesses, and sponsors, who advertise on Right Wing radio and television programs to reconsider their advertising placement.

Surely these companies want business from all types of people: Liberals, Democrats, Moderates, Independents, and even Republicans. Surely these businesses want all Americans to enjoy their products and services. However, some advertisers choose to support Right Wing media and programs which belittle and berate nearly half of their customers – nearly half the nation!

Join us in telling these advertisers that you do not support lies, distortions, hate speech, and propaganda. Let them know that your hard earned dollars will not be spent on their products as long as they continue to support programs which attack and divide American citizens.