GLAAD Calls on Advertisers to Explain Support for Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor"

June 4, 2010
Today GLAAD released a list of advertisers that supported the June 2 broadcast of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”  During that broadcast, host Bill O’Reilly likened gay people to the international terrorist organization, al Qaeda. After playing a gay-friendly McDonald’s commercial from France, O’Reilly asked commentator Jane Skinner to weigh in on the content. Skinner pointed out that the ad campaign is “part of an overreaching campaign called ‘come as you are,’ which you saw at the end there. So they show people in different walks of life.” O’Reilly then asked, “Do they have an al Qaeda ad, you know, come as you are? You know?” Following GLAAD’s June 3 Call to Action that urged Fox News and Bill O’Reilly to apologize for the defamatory remarks, nearly three thousand people sent letters to FOX News executives and producers of “The O’Reilly Factor” to voice their concerns. Today we are contacting the 35 companies that advertised during the broadcast to ask how they justify supporting this type of defamation. Please see a complete list of advertisers below.  GLAAD will keep you updated on any responses we receive. .         Farmers Insurance Group ·         Porsche ·         Broadview Security ·         Atlantis Resort · ·         Infiniti (NISSAN), ·         Amway Global ·         Accu-Chek Aviva (ROCHE) ·         NHTSA ·         Activision ·         AT&T ·         Carbonite ( ·         Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ·         Smart Balance Milk ·         Starbucks ·         Pulaski & Middleman LLC ·         Foundation for a Better Life ·         Merit Financial ·         Kelloggs ·         Lending Tree ·         AARP ·         Terminix ·         Mayflower ·         Holiday Inn ·         Skip Gambert & Associates ·         AmazonKindle ·         Geico ·         Lexus ·         Peachtree Settlement ·         Vonage ·         Citracal ·         T. Rowe Price ·         Dr. Scholls ·         Mercedes ·         Jack Victor View the original Call to Action from June 3, 2010.