Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Orbitz Does the Right Thing

A message from Media Matters for America:
Drop Fox


This week, we got the good news that Orbitz has responded to the concerns of its customers and agreed to uphold its values. Thanks to your efforts, Orbitz has agreed to undergo a review process. They're going to review the examples we gave them of slurs against the LGBT community and environmental misinformation to ensure that how they distribute their ad dollars no longer conflicts with their stated standards of responsibility.
Orbitz is setting an example by doing the right thing here -- and we need to make sure other advertisers get the message.
Every day, the advertisers who sponsor Fox News programming give financial support to a divisive and deliberately dishonest political operation. Fox's climate science misinformation, race-baiting, anti-LGBT attacks and smears against the Latino community are irresponsible and unacceptable for any self-described news network. Advertisers need to know that their dollars are supporting Fox News' campaign of deception and we need your help in informing them about the consequences of supporting Fox.
Moving forward, we'll be reaching out to other Fox advertisers to let them know why they shouldn't sponsor Fox News. The most important thing they can hear is that there's a strong coalition of organizations and individuals coming together in this essential education effort.
Thanks again for your support -- none of this can happen without your help.
Matt Butler
President and CEO
Media Matters for America


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