Sean Hannity has come under fire lately for continuing to tout the unverified claim that the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich was ordered by the Clintons because of leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
Cars.com decided to pull its ads from Hannity’s 10 p.m. Fox News program yesterday as a result of the refusal to retract his unverified claims on TV and radio.
Will more national brands follow the lead of Cars.com and start pulling their commercials from the show as well?
Brent Bozell, president of the media watchdog Media Research Center, is defending Hannity against the advertiser boycott. The MRC slogan is: “The Leader in Documenting, Exposing and Neutralizing Liberal Media Bias.”
Bozell released the following statement earlier today.
“The attack on Sean Hannity is a part of the liberal strategy to re-establish their monopoly over television news. They want only one voice on the air: their own. All others must be silenced.
We now see elements of corporate America joining in the liberal cause and advancing the liberal strategy. These corporations are not serving the interests of their customers. Sponsoring a free, meaningful dialogue based on mutual respect reflects what happens among consumers in everyday life. When corporations withdraw from that debate, it does not serve the interests of their country, it merely makes them servants of the politically correct.
It is especially disappointing that an upstanding company like USAA would so easily succumb to the pressure of left-wing extremists. For decades, Sean Hannity has been a fierce supporter of the military at every turn. And this is how you treat him?
We have remained silent for far too long. A bridge has been crossed. Stay tuned.”
It will be interesting to see if more figures follow Bozell’s lead and publicly defend Hannity.