UPDATE June 9, 2017
Today CNN issued the following statement: “CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan,' We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”
Congratulations to all of you who helped make this happen. Several outlets – including Mediaite, The Daily Beast, LifeZette, Fast Company, and TVNewser – credited the work of the Media Research Center for forcing CNN to sever their relationship with Aslan. Thank you!
CNN has renewed Aslan’s Believer show for 2017-18, so the Media Research Center is leading a campaign to confront previous advertisers of this show and ask them to state publicly that they will not be renewing their affiliation with the show going forward. Any advertiser that sponsors this show is endorsing the numerous outrageous, profane statements by its host, Reza Aslan.
Believer host Reza Aslan disgraced himself and CNN when he called President Trump a “piece of sh*t” on Twitter on June 3 following Trump’s response to recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom. Under intense pressure, Aslan offered only a tepid and insincere apology for his remarks. As of now, he remains the host of CNN’s Believer television series, and the network has resisted calls to sever ties with Aslan.
On June 5th, the Media Research Center launched a call campaign directed at CNN, resulting in several thousand people calling CNN to demand they end their relationship with Aslan.
MRC President Brent Bozell issued a pair of statements in the wake of Aslan’s remarks. The first statement called on CNN President Jeff Zucker to immediately cut ties with Aslan, and noted that CNN would have showed zero tolerance if one of its hosts had referred to President Obama as a “piece of sh*t.”
Bozell’s second statement called out Aslan for his pathetic attempt at an apology. This was coupled with an open letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker demanding CNN end their relationship with Aslan. Bozell pointed out that this was not an isolated occurrence, as Aslan has a history of foul-mouthed tirades against conservatives, and President Trump in particular.
Bozell and Tim Graham published a column that gave a more detailed account of Aslan’s history of unprofessional and derogatory remarks directed at President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, Dinesh D’Souza, and many others. So far, CNN President Jeff Zucker has failed to take corrective action to deal with Aslan’s out-of-bounds remarks. The next step is to have a conversation with advertisers who promote their products and services on Aslan’s CNN show. The MRC was successful in applying pressure to USAA a few weeks ago when they suddenly pulled their commercials from Sean Hannity’s TV show. Thanks to the MRC, among others, USAA reversed its decision and decided to bring its ads back to Hannity.
Among the many companies that ran ads on Believer during its last season in March and April are: AT&T, Chevrolet, Sprint, GoDaddy, Quicken Loans, Fidelity, and Marriott.
Reza Aslan is a man who called the President of the United States a “piece of sh*t,” and has a history of bashing anyone he disagrees with in the most profane ways imaginable.
We have a simple question for these advertisers: Are this man's (Aslan's) values your values? If not, why would you support him by advertising on his show?
The right thing to do is for these companies to end their arrangements with CNN’s Believer series. We hope they will do so immediately.
Here are just some of Reza Aslan’s vile statements on Twitter (LANGUAGE WARNING!)
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