Fox News Yanks Tom Steyer’s Impeachment Ad Due To “Strong Negative Reaction” From Their Viewers

Newsweek reports:

Fox News has pulled an ad by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached, prompting questions about the motivation for Fox’s decision.

The ads having been running across the U.S. for two weeks, and Steyer bought a second week of advertising in a prime time Fox News slot on October 27 as part of the $11 million ad buy.

Fox News confirmed it had pulled the ad. “Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money,” the channel’s co-president Jack Abernethy said.

Steyer, a Democrat donor and environmentalist, accused Fox of buckling to pressure from the president. “If Fox News is siding with Trump and trying to silence us, they must be afraid of what we have to say,” Steyer said in a statement. “It shows no respect for democracy.”

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  • Oscarlating Wildely

    “prompting questions about the motivation for Fox’s decision.”

    Next up in “Totally Unnecessary Questions”, also known as the “No Shit Show”….

  • Nic Peterson

    Who didn’t see that coming. Snowflakes are delicate things, aren’t they?

  • Wellington

    Fox: “…in good conscience”? Lololol

    • Todd20036

      Right. Because that’s why they stopped pushing unproven conspiracy theories against Clinton

    • JackFknTwist

      Yeah, that caught my eye !

    • Chucktech

      Honest injun!

  • medaka

    Fucking snowflakes.

  • worstcultever

    This is but the canary in the coal mine. Sinclair is now coming for all cable/broadcast news channels.

  • FAEN

    Please! Cluster Fox viewers are so misinformed they don’t even know the Russia story exists.

    • clay

      They think it’s about Hillary paying them to take our uranium.


        And THAT was the only reason that story came out, once they ginned it up to a scandal by replacing facts with “treason”!

      • Nowhereman

        Sadly, that is true.

    • Galvestonian

      …and they couldn’t find Russian on a clearly marked map.

  • GayOldLady
    • Joe in PA


    • crewman

      I don’t recall Fox viewers ever saying they wanted the truth.

  • Dazzer

    Wasn’t Fox outraged when CNN stopped running some Trump ads?

  • jmax

    “Censorship! Taking away his Freedom of Speech! Silencing the opposition!”
    Said no one on Fox.

  • Lazycrockett

    I figured the gold coin industry already had all the commercial slots occupied.

  • Friday’s_cat

    How long will it take before other broadcasters follow suit?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Snowflakes melt in tha fas of truth.

    ( kybrg stoppt wrking )

    • Friday’s_cat

      Auto-correct is not your friend.

      • Joe in PA

        Not true! You wouldn’t want to see my spelling without it. 🙂 Sometimes it is so bad (my spelling) that even spell-check can’t figure it out. 🙂

        • Silver Badger

          The little red line under the word is enough. Actually changing the word takes it too far.

          • Joe in PA

            Yeah, you are right. But then again: their there they’re. 🙂

    • Silver Badger

      Always keep a spare. Thrift stores can give you a great deal on a keyboard.

    • Treant

      No O for you tonight.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok


  • Bambino

    1.4 fake signatures from Russia?

  • worstcultever

    Just a bit of fun for all you nice comforting bears out there

    • Joe in PA

      Good taste cat. Just saying.

    • Treant

      The cat also gets a +5 hide bonus when on the bear.

    • Nowhereman

      That is really cool!

  • jmax

    “Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers Fuhrer…”

  • Joe in PA

    we could not in good conscience take their money…,

    1) Like Fox News has a “conscience”.
    2) Bwahahaha
    3) They pulled it because their viewers were calling their other advertisers.
    4) All about the money.

    • clay

      Is there such a thing as Freudian grammar? The immediate antecedent of “their (money)” is the angry Fox News viewers. Fox News wasn’t protecting Tom Steyer or Tom Steyer’s investment in the ad; they were protecting their own revenue stream.

      • John30013

        I read it that way too.

    • gothambear

      but the NRA ads on Fox no problem! shoot anyone you want in America but discuss impeaching our incompetent and criminal president, no way!

  • Bambino

    Interesting. Fox News turning into a thin skin fucking moron network.

    • rednekokie

      waddayamean “turning”? They always have been.

  • Tomcat

    That kind of ad suppressing goes BOTH WAYS fools.

  • TrueWords

    Fox News loves their viewers to be as dumb ass possible

    • Joe in PA

      Psssst: it’s working.

      • TrueWords

        it has been for the VERY beginning…

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Chicken, egg syndrome.

    • Rebecca Gardner
    • Bluto

      Not true. They’re now experts on cheeseburger emoji.

  • TrueWords
  • Tomcat

    Time to start calling Fox GOP Branch for what it is.
    And that is NOT a news site.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Those viewers are named Donald J. Trump.

  • Leo

    Fox LET this ad run? That’s the real question.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • DaMoldBrok

      Stealing! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • Eddie Besketti

      i’d rather eat from the toilet.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • JackFknTwist

      Ah, yes, – song – “Tomorrow belongs to me.”

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    • narutomania

      Correction: It should read “Die amtlichen Nachrichten” . And it’s “Führung der Heimat” (not “des”).

      The word “Heimat” (Homeland) is feminine in German, and this is the genitive case. Therefore the normal feminine article ‘die’ changes to ‘der’.

      Jus’ sayin’.

      • Bobo

        Thank god I majored in Spanish and French…..both beautiful languages. Maybe it’s the movies, but German always sounds like the perfect language for an autocrat and bully. Or someone into s&M. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • Nowhereman

        Gotta love grammar nazis–or they will write you up. Achtung!

    • Nowhereman

      Every time I see the word Homeland I think of the Vaterland. It sticks in my craw.

  • Tomcat

    Isn’t there some laws concerning suppressing ads on major NEWS outlets.
    If not then I don’t want anymore of the GOP money grabs advertised on MSNBC and CNN.

    • Tulle Christensen

      No there is not, nor would any court uphold any such laws. The only restrictive laws on content that the courts allow are ones that apply to broadcast radio and TV as they are using the public airwaves

  • TheManicMechanic

    Teatards: TRIGGERED.

  • blackstar
  • Gregory In Seattle

    The truth hurts.

  • another_steve

    “…prompting questions about the motivation for Fox’s decision.”


    “Water is wet… prompting questions about why people drink it.”

  • bkmn

    Strong reaction, to reality?

  • Treant

    They saw reality and truth, and it burned. It burned. The ratings plummeted as viewers ran and hid under the bed.

  • Frostbite

    If only they would do the same with their shows.

  • easygoingmister

    While I admire what I believe to be good intentions by Mr. Steyer, I think this activity is a waste of effort (and perhaps a little egocentric).

    • SoCalGal20

      I’ve seen the ads on MSNBC and a friend of mine says the ads were running during the World Series. I’ll take it. It at least gets it out there to low information voters that tjis is a thing. I do think that Mr. Steyer would do well to start spending on ads that talk about GOP policies like destroying our environment and healthcare so he and his fellow billionaires get some tax breaks.

      • easygoingmister

        Good to hear about it running during the ball games, didn’t know that was the case. The thing that gives me pause about this endeavor as is … well, to be honest, because my own priority is election ops. I’m in Georgia so I’m a little hot when it comes to the election stuff right now, but I think the problems are national. There are two women running around GA right now trying to get enough petition sigs to recall our Sec o’ State. These women are fucking awesome. I think dollars like what Steyer is dropping would be more effective if used to increase capacity for people like these Wonder Women in GA, not just be yet another billionaire talking head on the t and v. Maybe I’m comparing apples to oranges. I just think election ops is number one.

        • SoCalGal20

          Oh I agree. OTOH I do think it’s good to get a message out there (not saying Steyer’s is THE message or the best message), make people aware and be mindful but if guys like Steyer really want to make a difference thry should fund efforts fighting voter suppression and help inform voters about the issues and get out the vote!

          • easygoingmister

            The inform part. So important. I’m with you on that 100%. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m with you on most all accounts!

  • boobert

    Doesn’t sound like a news site to me. That’s why they have crap like hannity on there. One sided news is all their viewers want.

    • canoebum

      It’s not “news” at all. Nothing they broadcast is intended to inform. The network is straight up GOP propaganda.

      • Steverino

        It’s roots go all the way back to Richard Nixon, who hated “the press” (that is, one of the facets of the First Amendment), and wanted to launch a “news” network which would be a propaganda arm of the Republican Party. Roger Ailes stepped up to the plate, but the idea really didn’t take off until the deregulation era of Reagan and especially the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine. In comes Rupert Murdoch with his billions to prop up the fledgling network until it became profitable, and the rest is history. 365/24/7 anti-Democratic and anti-“liberal” propaganda and demagoguery.

  • Bambino

    Fox news viewers habit is like cat looking for motion pattern from the television screen.

  • David J

    What a surprise… Fox viewers don’t like to see and hear the facts.

  • Tomcat

    This guys ad now should get a lot of free publicity from all the other REAL news sites telling people about FOX refusing to run his ad.

    • Tomcat

      For days and days 24/7.

  • William

    Special snowflakes couldn’t take hearing an opposing viewpoint.

  • superindy

    Totally surprised they even ran it at all.

  • Tomcat

    Fox news is not JUST pulling their base together. They are pulling the Democratic base together also by doing this.

  • SFBruce

    I guess Fox thinks it’s slightly more palatable to admit their content is viewer driven than saying little Donnie didn’t like it, although I don’t think Fox viewers would mind if it were the latter, and the rest of us don’t buy it anyway.

    When CNN declined to accept Trump campaign ads, it was because the ad defamed their own network. They would have run the ads if the campaign had been willing to take that part out, but the campaign chose to whine instead. There’s plenty to criticize CNN for, but there’s a big difference in these two decisions.

  • Scout

    I heard somewhere else that Trump discovered this ad was running on Fox and got upset and told them to stop running it.

  • Rocco

    Only one message allowed at Pravda,

  • Mike Solo

    Why isn’t the far right calling for 1st amendment discrimination now?

  • DaddyRay

    Thanks Fox for bringing more attention to the ad – now more people will see it

    • clay

      (just not on Fox News)

      • DaddyRay

        But it will get free PR during other stations news casts

        • unsavedheathen

          The people who need to see this are FOX’s loyal viewers. The ones for whom news means FOX and right-wing AM radio. Who have no understanding of the lies they have been fed. Everything else is preaching to the choir.

  • TexasBoy

    Fox News, we only run ads our narrow minded, moronic trumpsters like. Bringing you Fake News since before the phrase was popular.

    • clay

      If the ad sales force is determining the news stories, that’s pretty much the definition of fake news.


      Fake News, we were its first pioneers.

  • Mark

    Guess freedom of speech only applies if you like the message.

    • Silver Badger

      That sir, is an eternal truth. Even here, at times.

      • unsavedheathen

        Sister, you said a mouthful.

      • Tulle Christensen

        have you been banned from posting here? Or are you just complaining the others have have used their freedom of speech to argue what you said here using your freedom of speech

        freedom of speech does not mean you can say anything you want and not have it challenged

        • Silver Badger

          Not at all. Freedom of speech has always depended on the audience.

          • Tulle Christensen

            I think we have very different definitions of freedom of speech, as the mine is as long as the government does not tell you what you can and cannot say you have freedom of speech

            no audience needed

          • Silver Badger

            Not really. The practice of freedom of speech often has unpleasant consequences. Often violent ones. It happens. It’s a risk you take by being outspoken.

          • Tulle Christensen

            you mean like….

            person 1: “well i think…”
            person 2: “no you are totally wrong because…”
            person 1: “you are such an idiot”
            person 2: “well you are poopy head”

          • Silver Badger

            We are basically arguing on the same side. The law pertains to government. The practice pertains to reception. Consequences like having your house burned down or being beaten or murdered are not uncommon. Eh! Water is wet, fire is hot.

          • RMJ

            I disagree – you’re conflating the term “free-speech” with popular community opinion. If I visit the site Stormfront and post liberal or LGBT ideas and opinions, I would wholeheartedly expect to get piled on by the community and told my opinion(s) is/are wrong because x,y,z. The reason that Stormfront was created was to allow like-minded individuals who share common opinions and beliefs a place to congregate and discuss topics important to them. Right or wrong is irrelevant – it’s their space and they will defend it and their opinions whenever challenged.

            JMG shares some similarities to all online communities in that it’s user-community shares like-minded opinions and ideas and the majority of the community will defend topics and ideas that they all share in common. If you’re an online troll or post controversial opinions that the majority of the community does not share, you can and should expect to get multiple challenges to your posts.

            The difference between JMG and Stormfront, is that on JMG you are free to post contradictory ideas and arguments and will be challenged in an open online forum without getting banned from the site or having your posts deleted. Only certain breaches of ethics and site rules will get you a permanent ban on JMG and if you’re a troll, users just individually block you.

            DO NOT conflate free-speech with a like-minded community challenging your ideas. If your ideas have merit most JMG community members are open-minded enough to have evolving opinions and if your argument presents enough logical reinforcement to sway your readers, the community can and will change it’s opinion. If on the other had you find that your “free-speech” is constantly being challenged by the community members yet you still feel your arguments have merit, perhaps you should consider that your arguments are not being presented in a manner that the reader can thoughtfully consider rather than feeling attacked.

            Just sayin…

          • Silver Badger

            You may well be right. One should also consider the audience before opening one’s mouth.,

          • Barry William Teske

            And the ‘singing’.

    • Tulle Christensen

      A private company is not obligated to give someone a platform to speak.

      • Ben in Oakland

        No, it is not. Yet funny how how often the right takes the same situation, shuts down speech, and hen blames the left.

    • Daveed_WOW

      I understand what you mean, but you are mistaken. This is not a free speech issue.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Fox flakes sez what?

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element
  • canoebum
    • Silver Badger

      Republicans living up to their snaky reputation for lying and cheating. Thanks for catching this. (Apologies to any snakes injured by my statement.)

    • Tulle Christensen

      well since only the liberal churches followed that law, it could be a positive change for us leftys

      • Silver Badger

        Perhaps what’s really needed is an mandatory enforcement clause in the currant law.

        • Tulle Christensen

          just looking for a bright side

          • Silver Badger

            Yep, you gotta. It is much better than screaming.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Bahahahahahaha, the Broflakes and Snowflakes of the Fox punyverse are upset…

  • Barry William Teske

    Ahhh the almighty powerful dollar.
    Is there anything it has not destroyed yet?

  • KarenAtFOH

    His message was threatening the cultic trance Fox has been cultivating for years.

  • BlindBill

    1.3 million Russian bot signatures and one president?……

  • Ben in Oakland

    This can’t be true! right wingers never shut down speech!

  • Cuberly Deux

    Wut bout hez first mendmint raightz!


  • Natty Enquirer

    Why’d they even take it in the first place?

    • kareemachan


  • Chris H.
  • Westcoast88

    Too bad TV stations don’t yank Pat Robertson’s show for the same reason.

    • robindaybird

      unfortunately, Robertson got an icon-clad contract that the 700 Club can never be cancelled as long he lives

      • boatboy_srq

        …so, it should have dropped off the air ten years ago, then?

      • Chucktech

        Doesn’t Robertson own his little cable empire that runs that crap?

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    It’s news, not a popularity contest.

  • JWC

    FAUX NEWS= Trump+ FAUX NEWS The name are the same and interchangable

  • Richard B

    “If Fox News is siding with Trump and trying to silence us, they must be afraid of what we have to say,” Tom Steyer said in a statement. “It shows no respect for democracy.”

    Tom Steyer nailed that exactly right and his ads are hitting a nerve…
    The Fox New commentators can see Trump’s polls are sinking into the in the low 30s and everything Trump has said about Russia is systematically being discredited by Robert Mueller.
    I have never seen Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, and the morning Fox & the Friends twits, so unhinged as they have been over the past two weeks.

  • JCF

    I’m sure Milo will conduct a “freedom of speech” riot rally at FOX Manhattan HQ any minute now…

  • Bj Lincoln

    I signed it. Under Obama the government would look at it as promised. Democracy is gone. The government doesn’t care about us, what we think or how we feel. They are about making money, changing everything Obama touched no matter the damage and putting people who hate something in charge of that department to tear it apart starting with protections for the vulnerable and minorities.

  • kareemachan

    Lulz, sure they did. They grabbed the moneyz and then were shocked, shocked I say that their zombies started coming for *their* brains.

  • OdieDenCO

    negative reaction by the viewers….HA!…poor truth triggered snowflakes

  • kareemachan

    O/T: drumpster stayed at the Ritz-Carleton in Hawaii, but stopped at the drumpster hovel for… reasons on the way to the airport.

    Their website specifically states that the drumpster hovel is not owned by drumpster, etc.


  • infmom

    The fact that Fux ran it at all is an outright miracle.

  • Andymac3
  • Charlie

    Further proof that FOX news viewers cannot handle the TRUTH and want to be brainwashed by FOX’s fake news. Resident Dump never would have known about the add if it was not presented on FOX and Friends one morning. Dump’s handlers obviously have kept it from him. Wish I could have been there when the sh*t hit the fan!

  • Franciscan

    I’m sure many Fox viewers would have a negative reaction to calls for impeachment. Trump is their in-your-face answer everything and anything they don’t like about the 21st century. However if Steyer’s message is grounded in fact, then maybe they should be chained to their TVs until they’ve heard it a few times.

  • Gianni

    You can put money on the fact that FUX got heavy blowback from Donnie. They’re his only news outlet and he doesn’t want them to be airing stuff that is negative toward or attacks him in any way. The only negative things that can be seen on FUX must be about putting President Hillary Clinton behind bars. They’re so hung up on using Hillary as a shield and major diversion to Donnie’s criminal activities that, to them (including the vaunted Sean Hannity) she actually seems like the President.

  • MDixon34

    I was surprised to see the commercial during the World Series game 7 pre game show. Which was on Fox. Glad to see it but surprised.

  • JT

    Fox News Yanks Tom Steyer’s Impeachment Ad Due To “Strong Negative Reaction” From Their Viewers

    The truth hurts, you fucking shitheads. And you’re not up to it, you cowardly little wretches!

  • Eli Bradley

    I have a strong negative reaction to their “tax reform” commercial, but my TV can actually change the channel away from CNN or MSNBC, so…

  • Grumpy Old Man
  • 5moreminutes*imtired


  • Dunkerblinker

    The trailer parks were all in a hissy over that ad.

    • Daveed_WOW

      I grew up in a trailer park and you are correct. However, most Trump voters live in the exurbs in McMansions they can’t afford driving cars that cost too much to fuel. This situation is somehow the fault of feminists and minorities. That’s the sensibility we are dealing with.

  • hdtex
  • Nowhereman

    He should do another ad and mention Fox’s bias–what are they afraid of?

  • Gene Perry

    Geez, let’s see … FOX viewers are upset over an ad critical of Trump … who wooda thunk it?