Stupid Tea Party Tricks: FreedomWorks Launches Pointless Boycott Against Comcast

The Tea Party has been involved in too many idiotic escapades to count. One of their more memorable proposals was to fly a plane over the Superbowl with a banner reading “Impeach Obama.” Apparently they were not aware that the game would be played in a domed stadium and that it’s illegal to fly over it anyway. Or recall their assertion that ultra-conservative anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is a Muslim infiltrator. Their proof? He has a beard. And who could forget the call for Americans to rise up and burn their ObamaCare cards. No matter that ObamaCare cards do not exist, FreedomWorks will be printing them up and providing them to Tea Party pyromaniacs.

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The very same FreedomWorks is now embarking on a massive campaign to punish Comcast because their MSNBC subsidiary employees Al Sharpton. They have produced a comically amateurish video (below) declaring it “a disgrace that Sharpton has his own TV show.” They sent an email to their 2.3 million suckers…er…members urging them to cancel their cable service if Comcast is their provider. The email states that…

“By paying your Comcast cable bill, your money is helping to pay for Al Sharpton’s salary…Comcast cable subscribers can take action against Roberts and his biased media empire by changing their cable TV service provider. By exercising marketplace choice, consumers can prevent their money from supporting media propaganda.”

If you get the idea that FreedomWorks didn’t think this through very well, you’re quite right. After all, Sharpton works for MSNBC, not Comcast. Any cable customers who cancel their subscriptions will have zero effect on Sharpton’s employment status. Those customers were encouraged by FreedomWorks to switch from Comcast to DirecTV, AT&T, or some other provider. However, all of those providers also offer MSNBC, so the revenue generated to the cable network will be exactly the same. Should they opt to do without cable programming, their boycott will do just as much harm to Fox News, and every other channel, as to MSNBC.

So this threat is as impotent as Rush Limbaugh sans Viagra. When liberals mounted a successful boycott against Fox News’ Glenn Beck, they targeted Beck’s advertisers. The same tactic has drained the bank account of Limbaugh and his radio affiliates. But going after Comcast won’t have any more impact on Sharpton’s MSNBC program than it will on Donald Trump’s unreality show on NBC.

There are plenty of good reasons to boycott Comcast: It is an anti-competitive conglomerate that exploits its market power; it unfairly discriminates against progressive advertisers; it improperly uses data it collects on its customers, invading their privacy. If Tea Partiers want to shun Comcast for any of those reasons, I’m with them. But this attack on Sharpton (of whom I am not a fan), is utterly absurd. However, it is another clear indicator of just how dumb the Tea Party community can be.


16 thoughts on “Stupid Tea Party Tricks: FreedomWorks Launches Pointless Boycott Against Comcast

  1. Is this like tea party racists boycotting Ebony magazine over Trayvon coverage?

  2. It isn’t that pointless, as MSNBC is owned by NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast.

  3. Sounds to me like they are taking a page out of the liberal playbook with an attempted boycott of someone they don’t like – you should be so proud. I guess silencing other opinions isn’t just a progressive trick – sadly everyone wants to shut down opposing views.

    • Limbo has every right to preach his bile … on the street corner

  4. (snickers) change your cable tv provider! Suuuuure because most areas are not limited to 1 maybe 2 cable providers with a small handful of satellite providers if you’re lucky.

  5. More tea party stupidity on parade. There seems to be no end to it. They celebrate stupidity. The less they know the more proud they are. I don’t know why anyone would willingly identify with a bunch of half wits? They are so stupid and ignorant they don’t know any better and don’t want to know anything. They hate education and those who expose themselves to it.

  6. Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks are NOT legit tea parties.

    The legit tea party was started in 2007.

    They have no issue with Grover Norquist.

    Tea Party Patriots is a GOP PAC formed in 20009 to make money. Anyone who sends it to them is stupid.

    FreedomWorks was around long before the movement so we wonder how they get the nerve to identify with them? They are Beckistanians, which the real tea party is NOT.

    Please do not associate our legit 2007 liberty movement with candidates, previous groups, or collection of money. We do not deal with the IRS either. Eradication of the IRS was an original tea party issue.

    The GOP dopes didn’t find fault until they were mugged. Legit movements do not share info with the IRS.

    • That last sentence advertises your batshit. Just sayin.

  7. Your comment demonstrates your inability to address the issue in an civil and intelligent way.

    My last sentence explains a fact about what WE DO, whether you think it’s ‘batshit’ or not.

    • Des just wants to be sure you’ve accepted your enslavement as most progressives have so willingly done. Do what you’re told is the underlying message – trying to be a free individual is messed up (batshit) in their world.

      • It’s true. MSNBC can pay a known and blatant racist to appear on its network, what does that tell you? A mere boycott is dumb, who watches that lamestream channel anyway?

        Progressives need to take a long hard look in the mirror at their hypocrisy, racism, and history of violence, fascism and totalitarianism.

        They are a joke.

        • Don’t hold your breath on looking in the mirror – I’ve been reading this blog for some time now and there have been numerous examples of hypocrisy in Marks articles – I noted the instances as they happen, but generally I get ridiculed for calling a spade a spade.
          And you’re talking to a bunch of collectivist nuts here – so don’t expect much. These folks hate the individual – you must fall in line or be called “batshit” or something else. You’re wasting your time here – I’m just a glutton for punishment.

          • For the record, you have never documented any hypocrisy by me. All you ever do here is post ad hominem insults. You never even bother to try to refute what I’ve written, just as you have not done with this comment.

            But I suppose you have to pretend you’re saying something meaningful to justify all the time you spend here making an ass of yourself.

            • Well, you’re right about one thing – when I did call you a hypocrite, which was many times, I wasn’t clear as to why I was calling you it because i thought it was clear in your article – it wasn’t obviously so when I do it in the future, I’ll be sure to be specific.

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