Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Glenn Beck to be a Keynote Speaker at Michigan Chamber of Commerce Event

From tonight's Gongwer comes the news that right wing entertainers are the direction the Michigan Chamber of Commerce wants to take when it comes to discussing the serious issues that affect the Michigan business community. Oh boy.

Controversial conservative radio and television commentator Glenn Beck will be one of the keynote speakers at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce's annual "Future Forum," scheduled for Tuesday, September 15 at Michigan State University's Kellogg Center. Mr. Beck is the slated evening speaker at the event. Opening the day's program is Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Maybe Beck is being held up as an example of how not to be. Major corporate advertisers are abandoning his program, seemingly on a daily basis, now that Beck has embraced the full crazy.

Some of the nation's biggest advertisers are distancing themselves from Fox News host Glenn Beck after he called President Obama a racist during a July 28 broadcast.

Geico announced yesterday, that it has pulled its ads from Fox News Channel's "The Glenn Beck Program.", which is owned by LexisNexis, has also vowed not to advertise during the program, per Color of Change. The African-American online political organization has been spurring advertisers to stop supporting the show.

Additionally, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson all said their ad placements during the broadcast were made in error and that they would be correcting the mistake moving forward, per Color of Change.

The controversy stemmed from Beck's comment that President Obama is a "racist" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people."

Time to start questioning whether the MCoC really has Michigan businesses best interests in mind here. Do its members want to be associated with this cable news shock jock who is currently driving business away?