Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Encyclopedia page on Sinclair at Daily Kos

Daily Kos, as usual, does it right, with this compendium

What's up with boycottsbg.com?

The reason for this blog is that boycottsbg.com seems to be down.

If any one has info as to what's going on, please send me an email.

UPDATE: That site seems to be up now. Maybe it's just heavy traffic. In any case, that is the primary site, this one is just a secondary subset.

Sinclair's Top Institutional Investors

From, where else?, the Daily Kos:

  • Earnest Partners -- 4,946,278 shares

  • Gabelli Asset Management Co (gamco) -- 3,640,000 shares

  • Westfield Capital Management Co -- 2,616,950 shares

  • Morgan Stanley Investment Management -- 2,526,303 shares

  • Neuberger Berman -- 2,266,809 shares

  • Putnam Investment Mgmt -- 2,081,861 shares

  • Barclays Global Investors Intl -- 1,801,161 shares

  • Blackrock Inc -- 1,428,435 shares

  • Janus Capital Corp -- 1,417,887 shares

Do it right or don't do it at all

Good advice from Josh Marshall:

The key is to identify their local advertisers and contact them. You can find information out here or, if you're in a Sinclair market, just watch the evening news show and mark down who the advertisers are. Then contact them directly -- and if possible, place a call. Or better yet, send an old-fashioned paper letter. Actually, scratch that, do both....

For good measure, it's great to tell the sales manager what you're doing. But if your message to the advertiser is successful they'll be taking the matter up with the sales manager directly. And he or she will definitely be taking their call.

If you don't live anywhere near a Sinclair station then by all means make your concerns known to their national advertisers. But from knowledgable folks I talk to, I get the strong impression that the real point of vulnerability are the local advertisers....

And one other point about tactics and decency, which overlap in this case. Please don't be rude or hostile. Be firm. Make clear that you're serious. And make your feelings known. But remember that the advertiser in question probably didn't know anything about this until today or maybe yesterday. And the person you'll actually be talking to at the station, and even more so with the advertiser, is as likely as not to be a Kerry supporter. What Sinclair is doing is egregious. But if you start making calls you'll be talking to a lot of folks who don't even know what's going on with all this and certainly aren't directly responsible for it.

List of Sinclair advertisers

I have some misgivings about the shotgun approach (more in a separate post), but for what it's worth (from a thread on The Daily Kos):

  • Applebee's International, Inc. (913) 967-4000 (913) 967-2718 http://www.applebees.com/ Carol DiRaimo, ca.diraimo@applebees.com

  • Arby's 1-800-487-2729

  • Best Buy 1-888-BEST BUY 612-292-4000 612-291-1000

  • Betty Crocker 1-800-446-1898

  • Brinker International (972) 980-9917 http://www.brinker.com/ investor.relations@brinker.com

  • Chili's Grill and Bar 515-226-1744 1-800-983-4637 http://www.chilis.com/contact/

  • Circuit City 800-843-2489

  • Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. 1-800-320-9929 http://www.consolidatedcredit.org http://www.consolidatedcredit.org/feedback.asp

  • Discount Tire (888) 774-6560 800-589-6789 http://www.discounttire.com/dtc/brochure/contact/contactUs.jsp

  • Dodge 1-800-992-1997

  • Domino's Pizza 734-930-3030 http://www.dominos.com/

  • Dunkin' Donuts 781-961-4020 http://dunkindonuts.com

  • Educate, Inc. (Sylvan) (410) 843-8000 fx?410 843-6145 http://www.educate-inc.com

  • Fazoli's 1-859-268-1668 http://www.fazolis.com/

  • GMC 1-800-462-8782

  • Great Earth Vitamins 1-800-284-8243 http://www.greatearth.com/contact_us.html

  • ITT Tech (805) 520-7200 http://www.itt-tech.edu

  • JC Penny http://www.jcpenny.com

  • Jim Barkley Toyota 828-667-8888 www.jimbarkleytoyota.com

  • Johnson & Johnson 732-524-0400

  • Long John Silvers (502) 874-8200 http://www.ljsilvers.com/comments/default.htm

  • Mile One Automotive 866-645-3663 http://www.mileone.com info@mileone.com

  • NetZero 1-888-349-0029

  • Papa John's 1-502-261-7272t http://www.papajohns.com/

  • Patties Panties (493)555-1293 http://www.pattyspanties.com

  • Pepsi-Co. boardofdirectors@pepsi.com

  • Pfizer, Inc. (212) 573-2323 fx: 212 5737851 http://www.pfizer.com mckinnell@pfizer.com

  • Procter & Gamble 513-983-1100 http://www.pg.com/

  • Red Bull North America 781-961-4020 http://www.redbull.com/extras/contact.jsp

  • Rentway, Inc. 1-800-RENTWAY 814-455-5378 http://www.rentway.com/contactus.asp

  • SC Johnson Scrubbing Bubbles 1-800-494-4855 / 262-260-3709 / 262-260-4402

  • Select Comfort Corp. 763-551-7000 http://www.selectcomfort.com

  • Skyland Automotive 828-667-5213 http://www.skylandautomotive.com/

  • Sonic (405) 225-5000 (816) 842-1500 http://www.sonicdrivein.com/business/newsroom/mediaContacts.jsp sonicpr@sonicdrivein.com

  • Subway (203) 877-4281 (800) 888-4848 http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/Applications/CustServ/frmCustomerService.aspx

  • Taco Bell/Yum! Brands Inc 502 874-2543 1-800-tacobell http://www.yum.com Amy.Sherwood@Yum.Com

  • Time Domain Inc. 888-826-8378 (Sinclair owns equity stake) http://www.timedomain.com/index2.html

  • Time Warner Road Runner of Rochester 585-756-1608 http://www.twrochester.com/contact.cfm http://www.twrochester.com/feedback.cfm

  • Toyota Consumer Relations 800-331-4331 #3 http://www.toyota.com

  • Tri-Star Health Systems/HCA Mid-America 615-886-5000 615-886-4902 http://www.tristarhealth.com/ cheryl.chubbs@hcahealthcare.com

  • Whataburger 361-878-0650

ADL protests Holocaust comment

A letter to the Washington Post:

[Regarding] the statement by Mark Hyman, vice president of the Sinclair Broadcast Group....Usage of Holocaust imagery to score a political point is unacceptable. He should repudiate the comment.

Same name, different site

There is another site www.BoycottSBG.com that is NOT the same as this one, even though our stated goals are the same.

I have no connection with the authors of that site. I started this blog as an alternative because a saw a link on The Daily Kos to BoycottSBG but the link did not work. (Error message: "www.boycott.sbg could not be found.")

Not sure if they are under a denial-of-service attack or what, but may as well have alternative sources of information.

Why this blog?

Just another Joe who thinks the country is going in the wrong direction and is tired of the Republican machine that has managed to convince at least half the country that night is day, weakness is strength, war is peace, occupation is democracy.

Here's an attempt at one little bit that may help.