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NBC Sports: Group pressuring MLB to cut ties with Glenn Beck

NBC Sports - October 13, 2011

If your next question is, what are Glenn Beck’s ties with Major League Baseball, you’re probably like most of us. Beck, the right-wing TV pundit who was ousted from Fox News recently because he simply wouldn’t clean up his messes in the lunch room*, now has his own online network, GBTV. MLB Advanced Media, the interactive arm of the MLB, provides him with a streaming video platform for his network. But the progressive group Americans United for Change is launching a campaign to get MLB to oust Beck, due to his “history of controversial statements.”

To that end, the group launched a new website today, Strike Out Beck. It includes a page where you can sign a petition to pressure MLB to drop Beck, and also a Beck Hall of Hate, which includes videos of some of his more outlandish statements … or as I like to call them, “tall tales.” That will be accompanied by a Facebook ad campaign in St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Milwaukee, pointing people to the petition.

From the site:

“When it comes to unhinged anti-government conspiracies, fear-mongering for personal gain, sexist remarks, and race baiting, Glenn Beck is in the Major Leagues — and certainly in a league of his own when it comes to disrespect for families of 9-11 victims,” said Tom McMahon, executive director of Americans United for Change. “That’s why it’s so troubling and disheartening that the good folks behind Major League Baseball would agree to what even FOX News couldn’t stomach to do any longer: providing Beck with a platform to peddle more fear and spew more hate.”

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