Monday, August 24, 2009 - Backlash Against Boycott of Glenn Beck - Backlash Against Boycott of Glenn Beck: "Sunday, August 23, 2009 5:32 PM

By: David A. Patten Article Font Size

A left-wing group's effort to intimidate corporate advertisers on Fox News Glenn Beck show appears to be backfiring as it triggers a wave of support from grass-roots fans rushing to defend the popular TV personality from the attacks.

Even before the liberal boycott of Glenn Beck began this summer, the best-selling author and TV host had became a ratings superstar, with his 5 p.m. cable news program pulling mega prime-time viewership numbers. Beck also had become a lightning rod for liberal groups who didn't like his anti-Obama message and his staggeringly large audience.

But now Beck's fame seems to be growing even more as a spontaneous, nationwide effort has sprung up among fans to defend their hero, including Web sites, Facebook groups, homegrown e-mail blasts, and individual telephone campaigns."

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