Every decent minded reader who observed the words written by Jack Stuef on the liberal blog Wonkette pulled back with stunning disgust and horror that anyone could speak of a defenseless, handicap child like this particular person did in his blog post. As such, advertisers pulled their ads from the website and it hurt Wonkette in the only place where it matters- their wallet.
After the ads started fleeing, Wonkette decided it was time to finally pull the post and offer up some sort of apology. Not nearly sufficient in my opinion. Via Mediaite:
In the run-up to Stuef’s apology Wednesday, Wonkette editor Ken Layne was characteristically defiant in emails to Adweek, Slate’s Dave Weigel, and to me (full disclosure: Layne and I worked on the same blog a few years ago, AOL’s Political Machine. Ironically, his column was called “Ken Layne’s Outrage”).
Over the course of those conversations, Layne’s viewpoint softened a bit, some would say because a handful of advertiser had already pulled their ads from the site over the post. He “admonished” the writer, and shortly thereafter, Stuef added the following apology to the post:
I regret this post and using the word “retarded” in a reference to Sarah Palin’s child. It’s not nice, and is not necessary, but I take responsibility for writing it. For those who came and are offended by this post: I’m sorry, of course. But I stand by my criticism of Sarah Palin using her child as a political prop.
Stuef’s apology probably hasn’t mollified anyone, but least of all a Twitter group that continues to target Wonkette’s advertisers.
These are the advertisers that have currently pulled out of Wonkette. They deserve both our verbal and financial support.
Adobe, Toyota, Ford, Jimmy Johns, Whataburger, Betty Crocker, Finish Line, REI, Verizon, TMobile, Starwood, Hyatt, QVC, Choice Hotels, Express, JJill, Vanguard, Huggies, Coldwater Creek, Nordstrom, Starkist Charlie, Deal Swarm, Bob Evans Farms, Grand Canyon Railroad, State Farm, Holland America Cruise Lines, Reliant Energy, Coldwell Banker & Papa John’s.
But here are the companies (h/t Jersey-Texan Mich-Mash) who still need to be persuaded not to affiliate with such a foul and offensive website:
HP, Celebrity X Cruises, Fed Ex, Jack in the Box, AT&T, Constant Contact, Gymboree, Dunkin Donuts, Coca Cola, Ann Taylor, Avis, Dish Network, LifeLock, Progressive Insurance, Pottery Barn, HGTV, Lennar CA Coastal, Amway, JosA Bank, Sprint, Sheraton Hotels, Zip Cars.
This goes to prove that the people and the free market wield a strong arm of power. Free speech is a two way street. We do not need government intervention to make “things fair.” When people stand up, recognize that something severely wrong and unjust has occurred and band together to stand against- there is nothing more powerful. Let that be noted.