: this isn’t about politics, anymore :


This is about sanity. Boycotts and threats and malicious disinformation abound; hatred, backlash, and vengeance are the new order of the day. What is going on? We need to get a grip and soon.

Kellogg’s, provider of Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes, is the newest addition to an ever-growing list of targets. Know why? They pulled their advertising from Breitbart News, so Breitbart News demanded a boycott. Someone should inform them that advertisers aren’t obligated to support their website. Companies are free to decide where to advertise; it’s part of a broader business strategy called marketing.

I don’t know about you, but I’m scared. We’re in dangerous territory when protection money is required — in the form of advertising support — to avoid upsetting a touchy, volatile band of enforcers. Retaliation is swift and arbitrary. Tweets, phone calls, email, stalking, there are no boundaries. It’s no holds barred for that bunch.

Where do they get off? And who are these self-appointed Keystone Kops in jackboots? They’re pushing us off the rails and sending us toward the cliff at warp speed.  The most terrifying aspect of this quick unraveling is, far and away, the fact we’re missing a voice of reason. We’ve no calm, steadying leadership, no Lincoln capable of pulling the country back together.

Remember the old urban legend about the babysitter who kept getting threatening phone calls from a man telling her to check on the kids sleeping upstairs? She finally calls the police who say they’ll trace the next call. After the guy calls again, the police tell the babysitter to get out of the house, the calls are coming from inside. Well, that’s where we stand now.

The threat to America is coming from within.

copyright © 2016 the whirly girl

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10 Responses to “: this isn’t about politics, anymore :”

  1. It's Just A Theory...

    … and here we have, at the bottom of your post (in the ‘reader’ portion of followed sites) links to posts advocating just such obnoxiousness… and in less than “God-fearing” language…
    Apparently, even WordPress will not dodge the jack boots…

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  2. Almost Iowa

    To be fair, in 2012 Kellogg’s was asked to stop advertising on The Daily Show after the program aired a political skit featuring a picture of a Christian manger scene placed between a nude woman’s spread legs.

    Delta Airlines withdrew their advertising as a result but Kellogg’s refused, saying, “if you don’t like what you see, change the channel”. Good for them, I applaud their rational response.

    But then Kellogg’s goes and stops advertising on Breitbart News. Why cave to pressure from the left when you stood strong against pressure from the right?

    Why not say, “if you don’t like the website, don’t go there”?

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    • the whirly girl

      But did they cave because of pressure from the left? Or make a business decision?

      Kellogg’s history as an advertiser, dating back to the depression in the 1930s, is impressive. Their motive is to sell cereal. Shouldn’t they be allowed to pick and choose how and where?

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      • Almost Iowa

        They did cave into pressure from leftwing activists.

        “Kellogg’s decision to pull its ads coincided with a campaign by Twitter user Sleeping Giants to pressure firms to drop their ads from Breitbart. Sleeping Giants is now receiving support from a likeminded online campaign to persuade consumers to boycott the Trump brand and any retailers carrying their products, organized around the hashtag #GrabYourWallet” – The Guardian Nov. 30, 2016

        Of course Kellogg’s should be free to advertise where they choose but when their choices are perceived as partisan, they should expect consequences. Again, they claimed that Brietbart was not aligned with their values — but apparently a crotch-shot nativity scene on the Daily Show was – which most fair-minded people might find both peculiar and offensive.

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