REPORT: The Censorship Boycott Against Sean Hannity is Backfiring

May 26, 2017

REPORT: The Censorship Boycott Against Sean Hannity is Backfiring

Sean Hannity lost a major advertiser on Wednesday, further highlighting the Left’s war on suppressing free speech from conservatives.

Free speech under attack

The United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a company that boasts about helping members of the military and their families, announced on Wednesday that they no longer planned to advertise on Hannity’s show on Fox News.

The announcement comes after the conservative commentator spent the week covering the death of Seth Rich, the former DNC staffer who was murdered in July of 2016, weeks after he reportedly supplied DNC materials to WikiLeaks.

Conservatives are facing suppression

The attacks against conservatives in the media have been growing, and one group has been leading the charge against Fox News.

David Brock — a left-wing Hillary Clinton supporter — has been using his leftist organization, Media Matters, to take down notable names at Fox News. In April, the group targeted Bill O’Reilly amid rumors of sexual harassment, which he vehemently denied.

Nonetheless, the tactic worked; advertisers pulled ads from his show in record numbers. Facing financial pressure, O’Reilly agreed to resign out of respect for the company.

Brock’s group is now using the same tactics with advertisers on Sean Hannity’s show in an attempt to oust him from Fox News.

Hannity gets last laugh

The leftist attacks pulled by USAA didn’t turn out as they originally anticipated. Hannity has only lost one advertiser, remains one of the most respected names in conservative media, and has the full support of Fox News.

The USAA also received a healthy dose of how the American people felt about their decision not to champion free speech. The backlash and show of support for Hannity’s free speech was glaringly obvious across social media, too, as the message was sent loud and clear.

Americans are fighting back

Following USAA’s announcement, many across social media informed the group of their extreme disgust at their refusal to support free speech. Many, including big names in media, tweeted that they would be cancelling their services with them and taking their business elsewhere.

Check out some of the tweets below:

It is too early to tell how much the company will lose monetarily after their ploy, but it appears thousands are supporting the idea of boycotting USAA.

Maybe other advertisers will think twice before joining the left’s campaign of censorship and intimidation.

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a staff writer for The Conservative Institute.  He has a Master's degree from the University of Mississippi in International Relations and leads a college lecture on terrorism.