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Orbitz to Review Ads on Fox News And Other Media, As Progressive Groups Urge Advertisers to Be Responsive to Anti-Gay Language

The groups that got Fox advertisers to drop Glenn Beck have built a coalition to put financial pressure behind ending the network's lies.

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Still, as pressure grew, says Carusone, Orbitz changed tacks tried a less argumentative and more constructive approach with the members of the LGBT community who wrote the letter. The result was today's statement.

Climate Change Denial

As we know, television personalities at Fox News misrepresent scientific climate change findings all the time. The League of Conservation Voters was incensed by Fox News' history of climate change denial--including the outrageous finding that Fox reporters were explicitly instructed to deny the science--and along with Credo have also been targeting Orbitz due to its stated mission of being an environmentally friendly organization.

In their open letter and petition, the groups explained their reasoning: 

Fox, on the other hand, is actively working to speed the warming of our planet. Fox's Washington managing editor literally directed his staff to deny that the earth is warming. Fox has lied about the earth's temperature record, distorted scientific works and the statements of scientists, repeatedly suggested that snow disproves global warming, and promoted the bogus climate-gate scandal.

The LCV's members also took part in a vigorous Twitter and Facebook campaign, pushing Orbitz to acknowledge them via social media. 

In the past weeks, approximately 200,000 people signed petitions asking Orbitz to reconsider its advertisement on Fox news, and that doesn't include those who participated via online social media campaigns. 

Sarah Seltzer is an associate editor at AlterNet, a staff writer at RH Reality Check and a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in Jezebel.com and on the websites of the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. Find her at sarahmseltzer.com.

 
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