USAA is the latest company to pull its advertising from Sean Hannity’s show following a string of ad cancellations from numerous companies after the Fox News host started focusing on murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and his reported ties to WikiLeaks.
The financial services company, which caters to military members and their families, made a statement on Twitter that it had discontinued running its ads during Hannity because it was against company policy to have “ads running during certain opinion-based programs” – a policy which USAA apparently didn’t enforce before.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 26, 2017
Several companies, including Cars.com and Peloton, have already suspended their advertising from Hannity’s show after the host looked into the possibility that Seth Rich was killed because he was allegedly a Wikileaks source.
Hannity then accused liberal lobbying organization Media Matters for America (MMFA) of “liberal fascism,” claiming they were mounting a targeted campaign against him after they released a list of companies that advertised during Hannity’s show.
Hey @USAA pulled advertising from Hannity. Claim to be banking for the military. I hope EVERY active/veteran military BOYCOTT them!
— SpreadtheTruth (@shannonweston76) May 25, 2017
“To all my friends. Today, George Soros, & Hillary Clinton supported Mediamatters is targeting all of my advertisers to try and get me fired,” Hannity tweeted Wednesday.
To all my friends. TODAY, George Soros, & Hillary Clinton supported Mediamatters is targeting all of my advertisers to try and get me fired
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 24, 2017
“Spoke to many advertisers. They are being inundated with emails to stop advertising on my show. This is Soros/Clinton/Brock liberal fascism.”
Hannity’s show wasn’t the only news outlet that was financially targeted for political purposes.
Earlier this year, online advertiser Adroll severed ties with Infowars in an effort to suppress its political speech, evidenced by Adroll’s failure to provide proof that Infowars somehow violated its “Website Content” guidelines, and its partnership with technocratic companies like Facebook and Google – staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race.
This conclusion is also supported by the fact that Adroll even slandered Breitbart News, accusing them of “hate speech” with no examples to back up its claim.
In reality, the political establishment via organizations like MMFA are pressuring large corporations to create a chilling effect on free speech through economic warfare by cutting financial ties with libertarian and conservative platforms like Infowars and Hannity.