Fox News host Sean Hannity has recently started loosing sponsors over a dispute on the conspiracy theory of Seth Rich’s unfortunate fatality.
Aaron Rich, the brother of (DNC) staffer Seth Rich, wrote to Hannity’s producer asking Fox News to stop publicizing about communication with “WikiLeakes and his brother.”
“It is a travesty that you would prompt false conspiracy theories and other people’s agendas rather than work with the family to learn the truth.”
According to Hannity’s advertisers, “Cars.com” was the first sponsor to drop Hannity.
“Cars.com’s media buy strategies are designed to reach as many consumers as possible across a wide spectrum of media channels,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in a statement.
“The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content,” the statement continued. “We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.”
Reported by ijr,
Fox News host Sean Hannity lost a major advertiser this week.
On Wednesday, USAA, a banking and insurance company which has a particular focus on members of the military and their families, tweeted:
— KC (@KVolt95) May 25, 2017
To say that USAA is getting backlash for the decision is a big understatement.
Some longtime customers pulled the plug:
— Oh Susie Cue ® (@OhSusieCue) May 25, 2017
— 1VoiceMatters™ (@1VoiceMatters) May 25, 2017
— CinderellaInReverse (@twistdfairytal) May 25, 2017
— MAGA Mike (@Rock5th) May 25, 2017
And clients who do a lot of business with the company said goodbye to their relationship, too:
I have car, home & other insurance with USAA but will be switching today. I support tolerant & diverse political views. https://t.co/cbN6v3w29x
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 25, 2017
Let’s see if @USAA gets out ahead of its error before many of us react (I already think I know where I intend to move my money to).
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 25, 2017
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 25, 2017
— Estonna Garrett (@stonna78) May 25, 2017
— Annette Mohs (@AnnetteMohs) May 25, 2017
— Thankful Today🌹🇺🇸 (@ThankfulToday1) May 25, 2017
@KVolt95 We are no longer advertising in relation to Hannity. Thank you!
— USAA (@USAA_help) May 25, 2017
Independent Journal Review asked some USAA customers who are leaving the company to explain their departure.
Brooke McGowan, who has been with USAA since the 90s, wasn’t happy about their decision to wade into politics. “I’ve been with USAA for over 25 years but to watch their caving to left-wing Media Matters is more than I can stomach. They are clearly being bullied. To fight a bully, you hit back harder. Hopefully, they will hear from millions,” McGowan said.