The Keurig Kerfuffle in the Age of Politically Weaponized Corporatism

Hannity Supporters Destroy Keurig Coffee Maker Over Ad Drop

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Sean Hannity recently interviewed the embattled GOP Alabama Senate Nominee Roy Moore on his radio show and somewhat confronted him regarding the allegations he had inappropriate sexual conduct with underage girls. Four women, so far, have come forward with claims, with two remaining anonymous, and the other two having strong Democratic ties (with one even actively working for Moore’s Democratic opponent in the Alabama race).
Media Matters, the progressive attack dog that utilizes the tactic of attempting to intimidate advertisers to not support mostly conservative shows, launched into another round of attack against Sean Hannity, accusing him of enabling pedophilia by not confronting Roy Moore hard enough and by seeming to say it was ok to have sex with minors if it was consensual. That claim came from this exchange on the Hannity show on Friday:
“How do you possibly tell, know the truth, except……OK, so the two other girls were older in this case. He was apparently, like, 32, and he dated….one girl was 18, one girl was 17. They never said he did……there was no sexual — there was kissing involved, and then they’re saying this one encounter with a 14-year-old —”
His guest on the show, Lynda McLaughlin, then said, “And it was consensual.”
Hannity responded, “And consensual, that’s true. And there’s — I just — I don’t know how you find out the truth.”
One has to make a TREMENDOUS leap to conclude that Hannity was saying the allegations surrounding the 14-year old were ok if they were consensual. You pretty much have to WANT Hannity to be a pedophile endorser to conclude he meant to condone any sexual activity with a 14-year old. But the difference between a 32-year old having consensual sexual relations with an 18, even a 17-year old, and 14-year old is pretty significant.
The idea of a 32-year old having sexual relations with a 17-year old is certainly not exactly openly and warmly accepted by society, but in most states, given the age of consent is as young as 16 in some states, there is no criminal activity here and society as a whole does NOT view this as pedophilia.
As for the interview with Moore, one could argue Hannity did not go after him hard enough, but one could hardly listen to that interview and conclude he was endorsing, in any way, pedophilia. You could argue that Hannity was giving Moore benefit of the doubt beyond what he should be, but you couldn’t argue he was endorsing pedophilia, as the folks at Media Matters have charged him with.
This unfounded and unwarranted charge is what Media Matters is using to scare, intimidate, cajole advertisers to remove their ad revenue from the Hannity show in what any objective person must surely see as a blatant attempt to shut down another conservative voice.
The effort is being conducted by an organization that has a tax-exempt status, an advantage in the market that it’s profit-making competitors simply do not have.
Media Matters’ efforts bore fruit, with Keurig sending this message to a man who virtue signaled his outrage at pedophilia, and again accusing Hannity of enabling and endorsing pedophilia:
“Angelo, thank you for your concern and for bringing this to our attention. We worked with our media partner and FOX news to stop our ad from airing during the Sean Hannity show.


Keurig wasn’t the only advertiser to pull their ad dollars from the Sean Hannity show. Other advertisers included E*Trade, Realtor.com, 23andMe, and Nature’s Bounty. Media Matters’ campaign of disinformation either worked or simply gave mega corporations that may possibly be controlled by like-minded statist progressives the excuse they thought they could use to do what they’ve been wanting to do for a while.
The response from the conservatives who support Hannity is to launch a targeted campaign against Keurig, thanks in part to a tweet be Sean Hannity that said, “Deplorable friends, I am buying 500 coffee makers tomorrow to give away!! Details on radio and TV. Hint; best videos!!”


A typical response from conservatives can be seen a tweet by “Proud American” (@montgomerychamp), who said, “Deplorables back @seanhannity. @Keurig is junk anyway. Along with his statement was a video of “Proud American” destroying a Keurig.


In another wrinkle to this story, Roy Moore is now coming out swinging against the Washington Post, where the stories originally appeared.
Roy Moore said Sunday night, November 12th, at a campaign stump, “The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign. These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue, and for which they will be sued.”
During the speech, Moore also addressed the allegations in the Washington Post story and denied that any of them were true. So far, the Washington Post has yet to respond.
This story, to me, is about the decision by large corporations, who have tremendous market manipulation power, to use its economic and market power to support and advance the statist progressive agenda. This story, to me, is about finding out the real market power that conservative consumers may or may not have in response to the corporatist progressive ‘cabal,’ as I’ll loosely call it.
Sean Hannity interviewed a man under investigation for potentially having inappropriate sexual encounters with one underage girl and two young women. Yes, he could have pushed Moore harder, but conflating an endorsement of pedophilia with not being hard enough on a man who faces allegations, not convictions, a man who has denied all allegations to date, is a transparent attempt to exploit pedophilia for your own political ends.
THIS is what Media Matters is doing and THIS is what these corporations, which are either statist progressive controlled or weak before the statist progressive attack dogs.
From what I’ve seen, the case against Roy Moore looks pretty damning, but I cannot convict this man without WAY MORE evidence than has been presented so far, which is that four women have suddenly come forward to claim that this man did sexually inappropriate things with them when they were either under age or inappropriately young for a man in his 30s to be pursuing.
The precedent being set here is that we convict people before we know the full facts. But then, that precedent is consistently already followed, be it from progressives assuming the worst about their conservative enemies, or conservatives assuming the worst about their progressive enemies.
Now that the mega corporations have decided to put their money where their politics is, the cost of offering up any thought, any opinion, that falls outside of the narrow political perspective of these corporate owners, whose views are becoming more and more rigid, and more and more narrow, is becoming increasingly high.
Without the continued rise of grassroots crowdfunding for alternative voices, such as which is offered on this website, the corporations and billionaire sponsors (such as in the case of Media Matters, and even its conservative counterpart, Media Research Center) will be the sole arbiters of the voices you get to hear in the news media marketplace.

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