It’s a pretty darned good day when a left-wing attempt to stifle a man’s First Amendment rights fizzle out into a faint puff of nothingness. It’s even better when that attempt blows up in their faces.
Look, when you gin up a boycott against someone’s sponsors, demanding they pull their advertising as a direct attack on that person, what you’re doing is leading a mob. There’s nothing wrong with contacting a sponsor and letting them know that, because of their advertising decision, you won’t be buying their service or product or shopping in their stores. That’s quite different from demanding they do anything. Withholding your money is free speech and consumerism in action. Making a demand is thuggery.
Notice here what the goal of the boycott is:
“We are heartened to see so many corporate citizens step up in support of our campaign against Glenn Beck,” said James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org. “Their action sends a clear a message to Glenn Beck: Broadcasters shouldn’t abuse the privilege they enjoy by spewing dangerous and racially charged hate language over the air. No matter their political affiliation, hate language doesn’t belong in our national dialogue.”
They’re not attacking Beck’s speech but Beck himself. There is no avenue here for Beck to get in this group’s good graces. Why not? Because ColorOfChange.org isn’t interesting in fostering civil conservation on the radio or punishing uncivil speech. Rucker tips his group’s hand by using the words “shouldn’t” and “doesn’t”. What this progressive group really wants is control of the airwaves. they don’t want Glenn Beck to be nicer; they want him gone.
This group, by the way, is a great example of an AstroTurf campaign. It purports to be a grassroots organization, but it was founded by someone who now serves as an Obama Czar and is working with a high-power New York advertising firm with other ties to that same person.
It’s good that this effort detonate right in their faces. They won’t learn anything fron it, but at least their large public failure to bully Beck off the air will damage what little credibility the group had.