Do you feel that #GoldenShowersGate and the prevailing journalism surrounding President-elect Donald Trump is an embarrassment to our country and a reflection of journalistic standards?
Even those of us who didn't vote for Trump find the mainstream media's constant slandering of the President-elect to be insulting. There's enough factual reporting that is deserved, why constantly reduce your journalistic credibility to spew lies and defamation?
The supposed and unsubstantiated secret document leaked to Buzzfeed reads that he “defiled the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers? (urination) show in front of him.”
False reporting from CNN and Buzzfeed today is not what we want from our media and there's a few things you can do to prevent more of it. Talk to their advertisers about it.
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Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith defended the organization's decision to publish the unverified reports.
“Our presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and share what we have with our readers,” Smith wrote in a memo to his staff,which he later shared on Twitter.
It’s true that the Buzzfeed story does tell readers that the story is unverified within the first few words. The story goes on to say, “Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”
More shamefully though, is @CNNPolitics which shared the story on Twitter claiming they had the full Trump Sex Tape. Regretfully, the tweet was pulled after they realized they, instead, showed a screenshot from Kanye's music video "Famous".
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Other journalists were approached with the story but didn't publish as it was impossible to verify.
Write a Complaint Letter to BuzzFeed and CNN advertisers
Emailing advertising departments is fine. Calling is better. Snail mail is even better. But, more likely, you're lazy. That's fine, just screenshot an ad while on CNN or Buzzfeed's website, then tweet it at the advertiser with #BoycottCNN or #BoycottBuzzfeed .
But since you're being lazy, screenshot/tweet A LOT. Tag @libertylolblog if you're so inclined.
Complaint Letter Template:
To Whom it May Concern,
Hello, I have a concern about your advertisements with Buzzfeed. As linked here, Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder and Mark Schoofs wrote These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia (https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.lszlzA2zZ#.jaNBDN1DL). Massive internet pushback has seen the original, irresponsible article highly updated to contain a much more cautious, responsible tone. Prior to the update, CNN further exacerbated the issue by claiming IT HAD the sex tape in question that Russia was using to bribe the President-Elect. I found this journalism to be insulting as a consumer and as a US citizen.
I see that your company cares about Buzzworthy news and important issues of the day and that's apparent by your advertisements on BuzzFeed. This news article and many others on BuzzFeed detract from legitimate concerns I have for our President Elect. There is plenty of worrying issues with our President Elect unfortunately, The Boy Who Cried Wolf - effect is occurring when news agencies use their online platform to bully those that have differing political views. It's hard to discern the difference between slander and legitimate news.
As a result of this, there has been a consumer boycott of BuzzFeed and their advertisers, organized by the citizens who demand unbiased news reporting.
I truly value your company as proven by my purchases in your online store (my username is the same as this email account). Unfortunately, if it comes down to purchasing your competitor's equivalent and your own product, I would find your continued support and advertising on BuzzFeed to be a disqualifying tiebreaker.
I hope you will discuss this issue and future issues of bias with your advertising partner, BuzzFeed.
Thank you for your time,
Advertisers change daily. The below list has likely changed as well. Find an advertiser that you know you've supported in the past so you can prove you're a non-repeatable customer.
CNN Headline News Advertisers
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Phone Number - France numbers only listed on web site
JK Harris and Company http://www.jkharris.com/?ml_source=networkcable
Phone Number - 800-556-9795
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals http://www.astrazeneca-us.com/
Phone - 800-236-9933
Phone - 800-387-2331
Monex Precious Metals http://monex.com/
Phone - 800-444-8317
Sprint / Nextel http://www.sprint.com/index.html?brand=Nextel
Sprint customers – call 1-888-211-4727 Nextel customers – call 1-800-639-6111
Select Quote http://www.selectquote.com/home2/homepage.html
Wells Fargo https://www.wellsfargo.com/
Phone - 888-687-2277
Philips / Norelco http://www.usa.philips.com/index.page Phone - (212) 850-5000 Scott M. Weisenhoff CEO Philips Electronics North America email firstname.lastname@example.orgSubaru http://www.subaru.com/tools/contactus/index.jsp
Phone - 1-800-782-2783
Phone - 800-861-8380
Boston Market http://www.bostonmarket.com/contacts
Phone - 800-365-7000
Liberty Medical http://www.libertymedical.com/diabetes/contact-us/default.aspx?sem-lander-3
Live Well Financial http://www.livewellfinancial.com/?gclid=CLTTo4eC5JYCFRlRagodaiF_Ow
Phone – 800-917-1170
American Coalition for Clean Coal http://www.americaspower.org/Contact-Us
Phone – 877-358-6699
University of Phoenix http://yourphoenixdegree.com/010/ Partnership for Prescription Assistance https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php
Phone - 888-477-2669
Ehealth Insurance Services http://www.ehealthinsurance.com/
Phone – 800-977-8860
Phone - 1-800-853-1403
Phone – 800-633-5151
Jos A Banks Clothiers http://www.josbank.com/customer_service_main.tem
Phone – 800-999-7472 or 800-285-2265
Career Builder.com http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pr_main.aspx
Toll Free: (800) 638-4212
Zurich Financial Services http://www.zurich.com/main/services/contact/generalcontact.htm
Swiss Phone numbers only
Johnson and Johnson https://secure-www.jnj.com/wps/wcm/jsp/contactUs.jsp
Phone – 732-524-0400
US Home Auction http://www.ushomeauction.com/
Phone – 800-793-6107
Phone – 800-553-6387 or 408-526-4000
Exxon Mobil http://www.exxonmobil.com/SiteFlow/SuppInfo/Contacts/SF_CT_BusHeadquarters.asp
Phone – 972-444-1000
Phone – 800-918-8543
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Other Examples of Letters
Following the GamerGate controversy in 2014, many gamers used this similar tactic to great success after many SJW publications falsely claimed sexism, racism and bullying occurred where it did not. Here are a few examples of those letters that you can/should craft your letter from.
This is the Social Justice Warrior strategy that has been found to be effective. Specifically, OPERATION DISRESPECTFUL NOD was successful in the loss of 6-digit advertising income to Gawker during GamerGate. Their strategy wasas follows:
Step 1: Consult Gamergate’s compiled list ofmedia organizations and reporters that have somehow wronged the movement. Once you have chosen the organization you would like to target, head over to the list of companies that advertise with that Web site and select one of them.
Step 2: Consider the instance of “media malpractice” you plan to complain about. Other members of the movement have helpfully gathered examples already, as part of “Operation Dig Dig Dig”: You might like to try the fact, for instance, that a gaming site reported on the harassment of game developer Zoe Quinn without acknowledging the remote possibility that Quinn may have made the whole thing up. Or you might flag the egregious “conflict of interest” between Quinn and the volunteer moderator of Reddit’s gaming forum: said moderator is a friend of a co-worker of Quinn.
Step 3: Choose an article on your targeted site to complain about or allege offense to. (It does not have to be related to the conflict of interest in step 2.) If no articles seem sufficiently offensive, comb through reporters’ tweets for more material.
Step 4: Plug all of your choices into one of the many form e-mails that leaders of Disrespectful Nod have helpfully written already. Most of them go something like this:
Step 5: Keep it up, even when you get no response, and be — to quote the operation’s guide! — “an annoying little s—.” A representative for a high-profile communications company that advertises on Polygon confirmed that he’d received “dozens” of e-mails from Gamergate supporters over a period of several weeks.
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