“I’ve been content for quite some time not watching CNN these days. There is only so much I can take, hearing the racist, bigoted rhetoric coming from the network on a daily basis. The only time I am exposed to your propaganda is through YouTube, where I luckily don’t have to watch any of your advertisers. And until last week, I’ve been happy with this personal arrangement.
“That ended last week. I will no longer be content.
“A young man with special needs was kidnapped and tortured by four assailants. Think about that. Anyone who hears or reads about any kind of incident like that should be sick to his or her stomach where he or she should want to vomit. Except that wasn’t the case for individuals who work at CNN, was it? Don Lemon saying this wasn’t “evil”. Symone Sanders saying this wasn’t a hate crime, and that it was in association with the fact that Donald Trump was elected. This is disgusting.
“But it didn’t stop there, either. There was even an anchor who was caught ON AIR laughing after seeing the horrible video of this young man being tortured. TORTURED, and she was laughing. Yeah, I saw Sara Ganim doing that on air, as well.
“I guess I’ve seen this coming for some time due to the many egregious statements made from those that work in the network. They only thing that it tells me is that this is no longer a problem with the commentators and anchors there, it is simply a problem with the leadership of the company.
“Had I been the CEO of the network, I would have immediately made Don Lemon and Symone Sanders apologize on air. Then I would have fired both of them. But CNN won’t. The network is happier to justify in any way possible one of the most horrible crimes to humanity that I can think of, especially against one of the most vulnerable in our society.
“So, as I said, I am no longer content with not watching CNN anymore. I will be contacting every advertiser of CNN, letting them know how displeased I am with them simply because of their association with a news network that promotes disgusting behaviors from individuals. I will also be circulating this throughout social media, because there are a lot of people in our country who are infuriated that CNN could defend these actions.
“Apologies will not suffice. People’s careers need to end, and if not, then companies associated with them need to be devastated.”
Below is a list of all CNN advertisers. But before I give that list, a few quick thoughts.
I will repeat: a young man with special needs was kidnapped and tortured by four assailants. That’s all you need to know that should enrage or deeply sadden you. If it does, congratulations, you belong to the human race. Anyone you may hear that thinks any differently are not Homo Sapiens. End of story.
Montel Williams made a statement about what happened in Chicago: “Life in prison. No parole. I’m not interested in whether these kids had a tough life, whether their parent loved them enough, I don’t care.” To hear someone like Montel Williams say something like that should tell you how bad things really are. Even Al Sharpton chimed in, calling it a hate crime. But yet CNN won’t.
Montel Williams thinks that the four who committed this crime did something worse than Charles Manson did, because at least Manson gets parole from time to time. And he’s right to think that.
We can no longer stand by while individuals soil this country, promoting this kind of activity. If you are a human reading this, please unite not just with myself, this poor young man and his family, but for everyone out there on this planet. Supporting these actions is so much more abhorrent than the kidnapping and torturing ever could have been.
Spread this to everyone you know, and reach out to the advertisers of CNN to help stop the network from encouraging these awful actions in the future. This is the only way it is going to end.
Jeff Zucker is the CEO of CNN. His email address (that I found, and it wasn’t easy) is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the advertisers for CNN, which I was able to get from apbweb.com (since CNN apparently doesn’t want to publicize where they get their money from…I wonder why). Phone numbers and links to their websites are included.
JK Harris and Company – Phone: 800-556-9795
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals – Phone: 800-236-9933
E-Trade – Phone: 800-387-2331
Monex Precious Metals – Phone: 800-444-8317
Sprint / Nextel – Sprint customers: 888-211-4727 / Nextel customers: 800-639-6111
Select Quote – Phone: 800-777-8300
Wells Fargo – Phone: 800-869-3557
AARP – Phone: 888-687-2277
Philips / Norelco – Phone: 212-850-5000 / Scott M. Weisenhoff , CEO Philips Electronics North America email: email@example.com
Subaru – Phone: 800-782-2783
Geico – Phone: 800-861-8380
Boston Market – Phone: 800-365-7000
Overstock.com – Phone: 800-843-2446
Liberty Medical – Phone: 800-970-4831
Live Well Financial – Phone: 800-917-1170
American Coalition for Clean Coal – Phone: 877-358-6699
Partnership for Prescription Assistance – Phone: 888-477-2669
Ehealth Insurance Services – Phone: 800-977-8860
Dodge – Phone: 800-853-1403
Hyundai – Phone: 800-633-5151
Jos A Banks Clothiers – Phone: 800-999-7472 or 800-285-2265
Career Builder.com – Phone: 800-638-4212
Johnson & Johnson – Phone: 732-524-0400
U.S. Home Auction – Phone: 800-793-6107
Cisco – Phone: 800-553-6387
Exxon Mobil – Phone: 972-444-1000
Jitterbug – Phone: 800-918-8543