WATCH: Erick Erickson Laments Advertiser Boycotts ‘Over Less And Less Major Things’
On Sunday, conservative author and commentator Erick Erickson appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter, and lamented the tactic of boycotting advertisers:
STELTER: Erick, how do you view these boycotts, whether they’re against the Right or the Left?
ERICKSON: You know, I’m generally opposed to boycotts in general. If you don’t want to shop somewhere, don’t. But I think that the herd is not the free market, and driving up the herd to oppose a business to hurt someone and suppress a voice you don’t like, I think is bad form in general whether it’s on the Left or the Right.
STELTER: The reaction I received from last week’s program when I said something similar was that the only thing that viewers and readers can do is protest advertisers. That’s their only power to speak out against offensive or damaging commentary. How do you rationalize that?
ERICKSON: You know, I think people can change the channel. I mean, TV networks measure things in ratings. When the ratings go down because people change the channel, you have a measurable impact, more so, I think, than even going after advertisers. I think you’re forcing advertisers to take a side. And we’re seeing it more and more – not just on really extreme opinion, we’re seeing it more and more because you don’t like someone’s politics, and there’s an advertiser, and that goes both ways now. People are boycotting advertisers over less and less major things.