POLL: Ad Boycotts Attempt to Silence Conservatives

The latest ad boycott of Fox News' Laura Ingraham spotlights a pattern of behavior by liberals to shut down free speech of anyone who disagrees with them.

Even some on the left are asking if they've gone too far.

“I think it's dangerous to see these ad boycott attempts happening more and more often in this country.  My view is let's not shut down anyone's right to speak, let's meet their comments with more speech,” CNN's Brian Stelter said on Sunday's "Reliable Sources."

Before Laura Ingraham it was Sean Hannity.  Before Hannity it was Bill O'Reilly, Stop Rush, Drop Dobbs and Stop Beck. 

Even GOP strategist Jeffrey Lord was dropped from CNN after being flagged by Media Matters.

“They're not about engaging in debate, they're about getting conservative commentators off the air period, shutting them down,” says Lord.  “Sombobody will be next, and that's why you finally have to stand up and speak out against it.”

He says it's time those on the right start playing hardball.

“I wrote a column and published the names of the advertisers who put out these statements and said they were going to stop sponsoring Laura Ingraham's show and I've been getting emails from people who say well, I'm not going to patronize these companies anymore.”

For the record: YouGov Brand Index reports the Ingraham ad boycott is barely registering with consumers either positively or negatively.

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