Beck Watch: FOX in Denial?

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A spokesperson for FOX News told TVNewser that claims by ColorofChange that the advertising revenue for Glenn Beck’s program has halved since the ad boycott began last month are “wildly inaccurate on all fronts—revenue has not been affected in any way.” I find that surprising, considering that the program once hosted blockbuster advertisers like AT&T, Capital One, and Mercedes-Benz, and is now limited to the rather anemic list shown below. But hey, the first step to recovery is denial, right?

Here’s who advertised on Glenn Beck’s program today:

Rosland Capital

Carbonite

News Corp. (The Wall Street Journal)

BookIt.com

The Foundation for a Better Life

Clarity Media Group (The Weekly Standard)

Lear Capital

Conservatives for Patients’ Rights

Citrix (GoToMeeting)

Allstate Insurance Co.

Publisher’s Clearing House

LifeLock

Freije Treatment Systems (EasyWater Systems)

Consumer Debt Relief

IRSTaxAgreements.com

Merit Financial

Imperial Structured Settlements

National Review

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“Great journalism really does make a difference in this world: it can even save kids.”

That’s what a civil rights lawyer wrote to Julia Lurie, the day after her major investigation into a psychiatric hospital chain that uses foster children as “cash cows” published, letting her know he was using her findings that same day in a hearing to keep a child out of one of the facilities we investigated.

That’s awesome. As is the fact that Julia, who spent a full year reporting this challenging story, promptly heard from a Senate committee that will use her work in their own investigation of Universal Health Services. There’s no doubt her revelations will continue to have a big impact in the months and years to come.

Like another story about Mother Jones’ real-world impact.

This one, a multiyear investigation, published in 2021, exposed conditions in sugar work camps in the Dominican Republic owned by Central Romana—the conglomerate behind brands like C&H and Domino, whose product ends up in our Hershey bars and other sweets. A year ago, the Biden administration banned sugar imports from Central Romana. And just recently, we learned of a previously undisclosed investigation from the Department of Homeland Security, looking into working conditions at Central Romana. How big of a deal is this?

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