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Verizon Campaign Update, Show Archive

November 16, 2004

The archive of yesterday’s show, Verizon Campaign: Avalanche of Protest and Media Coverage, can be heard here. The show actually dealt with a variety of topics–I discussed the Verizon campaign in the first segment.

Verizon has contacted us and the situation regarding the controversial ad is under review. We will inform you as events progress.

Thanks again to the thousands of you who have participated in our campaign–with your help our efforts have been reported on by over 300 media outlets, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, Sinclair Broadcasting, USA Today, the Associated Press, UPI, the Boston Globe, Newsday, the U.K. Guardian and countless others.

I suggest that His Side listeners write letters to the editors of the newspapers that have covered our campaign in order to better take our case to the public. The e-mail addresses of two dozen of those newspapers can be found here.

Our efforts have drawn criticism both from feminists and from male traditionalists. The National Organization for Women has voiced displeasure with our campaign. Kim Gandy, president of NOW, told the Associated Press that NOW still receives many complaints about ads denigrating women and said "Ads that portray women insensitively are ubiquitous. We see them so often that it doesn’t attract people’s attention." NOW’s Jenny Thalheimer said "these Madison Avenue companies are under the gun. To even out their disparagement of women, they have to take on the men now and then."

These comments reflect NOW’s oft-voiced view that popular culture is sexist against women, but that the patriarchy is so pervasive that when we have the rare ad that depicts men unfavorably all of a sudden there’s a protest. One of NOW’s top two national leaders was scheduled to debate me on this issue last week on a major network and canceled. Evidently the leaders of the largest and most well-funded feminist organization in the world, which bullies legislatures and intimidates major corporations, are afraid of debating the fatherhood movement.

Susan Lee of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board criticized me on PBS, says that I am "working with a really outmoded notion of patriarchy and demonstrating extreme paranoia" and that "really the problem is a radical lack of sense of humor." Tony Snow of Fox also accused me of not having a sense of humor. This complaint was often thrown at me during the His Side Campaign Against ‘Boys are Stupid’ Products earlier this year. I addressed this issue in the first segment of Sunday’s show.

Several listeners have contacted me regarding a website which is selling a book which tells noncustodial parents how they can supposedly legally eliminate all child support obligations. I suppose it is similar to those organizations which claim citizens can avoid paying any taxes. The page was designed to look as if the book is my product or comes with my endorsement. In reality, I have nothing to do with this product and know nothing about it.

That’s twice in the past month–in October, a letter from a fictitious individual, who claimed to know me, went out to most fathers’ groups e-lists and to MensNewsDaily.com. The letter accused me of various unlikely things.

Scott Peterson’s conviction is sure to create more of the "fathers as monsters" poison in the media that we were hearing over the summer–as an antidote, read my column ‘Fatal Fathers’ Myth Promoted in Wake of Peterson, Hacking Cases (Daily Breeze [Los Angeles], 9/17/04).

As many of you know, Veterans’ Day is November 11 because that is the day that the most terrible war in history (to that point) ended–World War I. It always reminds me of my grandfather, a decorated World War I veteran–see my column Dr. Helen Caldicott Spits on My Grandfather (Cybercast News Service, 3/28/03).

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As always, all information about the show can be found at HisSide.com. I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Best Wishes,
Glenn Sacks
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