Steve Bannon

The Beat With Ari Melber and a White Supremacist

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Your DGB for today is to let MSNBC know that Nazis don’t deserve airtime.

The left has a bad habit of intellectualizing extremism (and everything else, but that’s another Grab for another day.) Friday saw Ari Melber, host of MSNBC’s The Beat, interviewing an unemployed nazi by the name of Steve Bannon. In this political chaos, there are so many voices to amplify to the betterment of our country - why Bannon? Giving this jackass a platform not only caters to his overinflated sense of self, but also normalizes hate speech and equates opportunistic racists with actual political pundits. After perpetuating the Keeping Up With The KKK reality show that made it all the way to the White House, the media now has a responsibility to shape the narrative of hate as flatly unacceptable and unworthy of consideration. DGB thinks we should sentence those suffering from “economic anxiety” to a lifetime of promoting their platform on Reddit under the dim fluorescent light of their parents’ basement.

When you are telling MSNBC, its producers, and Ari himself that this is not acceptable, feel free to suggest other guests you’d rather see interviewed. Like a camel. Or a hand puppet. Or just an empty chair.

 

@MSNBC

 

@mloladi

 

@TheBeatWithAri

 

@AriMelber

 

 

Sleeping Giants

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Your DGB for today is to follow Sleeping Giants.

Dedicated to drying up ad dollars for regressive websites, Sleeping Giants has a Facebook page and Twitter account, both of which mobilize crowds to act as reporters, letting companies know when their ads are appearing on problematic sites.

 

https://www.facebook.com/slpnggiants/

https://twitter.com/slpng_giants

 

They’re currently going hard for Breitbart, which we at DGB love. Presently, over 225 advertisers have pulled their ads from Steve Bannon’s pet project. But Sleeping Giants also goes after lesser known sites spewing hate. Without private sponsorship, we think they have a real chance of tanking many of these sites altogether.

An important thing to remember is that many smaller companies are unaware their ads are running on racist, sexist, xenophobic media sites, but they are able to block their ads once they realize it. For this reason, SG has had a lot of luck using an initial polite approach. Other companies have been made aware and still have not pulled their ads, which we will be tackling in future Grabs.