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An organization called Check My Ads has launched a campaign in an effort to restrict Fox News ad revenue to prevent them from "working overtime to fuel the next insurrection."
The organization, which is run by two former marketing executives, has already collected over 40,000 signatures from people backing their efforts in just five days, according to The Guardian, and the goal is to get ad exchanges to drop the news site.
"Foxnews.com benefits enormously from being a part of the global advertising society. Foxnews.com receives ads from blue chip brands, which gives incredible legitimacy to the lies that they are publishing. That brand equity is intrinsically valuable," says Claire Atkin, a team member of Check My Ads.
The messaging included in the campaign reads:
HERE'S THE PROBLEM
Advertisers don't place ads on the internet themselves. They use ad exchanges — technology companies that run ads for them.
Ad exchanges don't work with just anyone. They choose which websites to work with and which ones to drop. They have standards to protect advertisers from funding violence. This is so important to advertisers that they have it written into their contracts.
When Fox News promoted the January 6th insurrection, it was violent. We all saw it — but ad exchange executives pretended it didn't happen.
Since then, Fox News has just gotten worse.
So here's the plan: we need to tell ad exchanges to block their ads from FoxNews.com now.
"Advertisers have been crystal clear that they do not want to sponsor violence. And we all saw what happened on January 6. It's not just violence, this was the attempted overthrow of the government. This is world-scale political violence," Atkin said. "We are opening the conversation up for everyone who wants to say enough is enough."
A right-wing Montana pastor has resigned from his church after his arrest for drunken driving and weapons charges.
Jordan Daniel “J.D.” Hall was no longer listed as pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Sydney and removed from the staff of the Protestia website, which issued a statement saying he had been “disqualified from pastoral ministry," reported Religion News Service.
“Earlier this week, the team at Protestia received allegations of serious sin committed by our brother J.D. Hall,” the statement says. “After correspondence with leadership at Fellowship Baptist Church, we learned that J.D. was determined by the church to have disqualified himself from pastoral ministry, had resigned from the pastorate, and submitted himself to a process of church discipline. Due to J.D.’s removal from pastoral ministry, we likewise have removed him from ministry with Protestia.”
Hall filed for bankruptcy in February after he was sued for libel for publishing a story in the Montana Gazette, which he operate, about Native American activist Adrian Jawort, and he was arrested in May for driving under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon while intoxicated.
The church initially supported Hall after his arrest, agreeing with his claim that he suffered from a vitamin deficiency that can cause behavior impairments similar to alcohol intoxication, and he was given a leave of absence.
Hall founded Pulpit&Pen, which later became Protestia after the site was banned from Facebook, and railed against liberal and worldly influences on the evangelical chuch and Southern Baptist Convention, and he also airs his grievances through the Gideon Knox Group, which runs media sites and ministries including the Polemics Report and the Bible Thumping Wingnut podcast network.
An Illinois Republican who called the reversal a “historic victory for white life" has compiled a string of controversies since her election less than two years ago.
Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), who's facing a primary challenge from five-term Rep. Rodney Davis in a newly redrawn district, has aligned herself with the GOP's far-right extreme, but she insisted her comments Saturday thanking Donald Trump for appointing conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court had been misreported by "fake news vultures," reported the Chicago Tribune.
“Miller has demonstrated she is not fit for public office," said Davis, her opponent in Tuesday's primary election. "This is why it’s so important to vote in our Republican Primary on Tuesday and show the country Miller’s behavior is unacceptable."
She faced calls to resign just days after taking office in January 2021 when she approvingly cited Adolf Hitler in a speech to a conservative women's group.
“Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation," Miller said. "You know, if we win a few elections, we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing. He said, whoever has the youth has the future."
Miller apologized but also insisted her opponents were “intentionally trying to twist my words," and she recently blamed mass shootings on morality and voiced opposition to gun safety laws.
“We cannot let those who are trying to destroy our society’s central pillars of faith, family and freedom succeed,” Miller said following the Uvalde, Texas, massacre. “Young men need fathers at home, so do our daughters. Our country must be guided by our Judeo-Christian faith. The Second Amendment Caucus will continue to fight to defend our Second Amendment rights and we will continue to speak out about what really ails our country. We need to go back to God.”
A House Ethics Committee was also filed against Miller for using House floor video for political purposes, in violation of congressional rules, in an ad against Davis, who she has criticized for supporting the investigation into Trump's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Miller's husband, state Rep. Chris Miller, was linked to a pickup bearing a III Percenters sticker that was parked outside the U.S. Capitol that day.