What’s more, the people pushing this boycott have stepped in it this time. There is no indication that Fox News will give in to the pressure. Fox News understands that this boycott nominally is against Beck, but really is against Fox News.
This is not the first boycott Fox News has broken. Remember when Democratic presidential candidates refused to appear on Fox News or allow Fox News to host a debate? Barack Obama eventually gave an interview to Bill O’Reilly, as McCain-Palin picked up steam.
In fact, Beck is planning a counter-attack against the organizers of the boycott when Beck returns from vacation next week. Beck and Fox News will use the boycott to expose the seamy side of the left-wing campaign against Fox News. The hunters will become the hunted.
Fox News will want to break this boycott to protect O’Reilly, Hannity and the franchise. The boycotters picked the wrong network.
Beyond that, the boycotters picked the wrong issue. Beck is not alleged to have made racist comments. This is not a Don Imus situation.
Rather, Beck allegedly made a false accusation of racism, which is so much a part of politics now that no one gets outraged anymore over it (except maybe me). So beyond the nutroots who have jumped on the bandwagon, the public is not going to be clamoring for Beck to be taken off the air. The boycotters picked the wrong issue.
Wrong network, wrong issue. Will this be the boycotters’ Waterloo? Let’s hope so, and that it also signals the end of the use of race as a political weapon.
UPDATE: Don Surber reports that the boycott has helped Beck’s rating.