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Lib Groups Target Fox News Sponsors

Fox News Channel is the target of an organized campaign by liberal groups that are urging its advertisers to stay away from the conservative cable channel., the Campaign for America's Future and liberal blogs like are asking their supporters to monitor ads on the net with an eye toward building a database to use in an organized phone campaign.

The groups have already scared Democratic presidential candidates away from debates sponsored by Fox, and now about 5,000 people have signed up to compile ad logs, says Jim Gilliam, vice president of media strategy for Brave New Films, a company that has made anti-Fox videos. He notes they intend to go after local advertisers first: "It's a lot more effective for Sam's Diner to get calls from 10 people in his town than going to the consumer complaint department of some pharmaceutical company."

One national target -- Home Depot -- has not had an unusual number of calls, and spokesman Jerry Shields says it will not change where it buys ads. "We're not in the business of censoring media," Shields says. "We need to reach our customer base through all mediums available." But Adam Green of insists it isn't about censorship but disclosure: "We're not trying to silence anybody," he says. "Rush Limbaugh has a right to be on the air -- he admits his point of view. Fox doesn't."



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