A few weeks ago we launched a campaign called get TheBlaze and we asked you to reach out to your cable and satellite providers and politely request TheBlaze TV, the television network onto the channel lineup. Based on the requests that you made, 30,000 phone calls, 80,000 e‑mails, tens of thousands of tweets and Facebook posts, it was overwhelming what we personally could track, what went through us. That’s not counting everything else of all of the other people that did what, you know, they were doing on their own.
When we asked you to start tweeting “I want TheBlaze because” to your cable and satellite operators, that phrase was the number two trending topic in Twitter in all of America. One other stat that continues to blow me away is when I said “Could you make a phone call to your cable operator,” I don’t mean, you know, you dial up and press a number a couple of buttons and hang up. In the first two days, in the first two days you spent a total of 1700 hours talking with representatives of your cable operators and your satellite operators, just the ones that we could track because they came through our 1‑800‑996‑2529 number. Just those that went through, you ‑‑ that was the equivalent of watching 491 academy awards ceremonies. And all you had to say to them is “I want TheBlaze.”
We put a tote board up here in the studio and we’re going to have it finished later today, but it will ‑‑ it’s tracking the response, and I appreciate everything that you’ve done so far. But in spite of the amazing response, the cable companies and DirecTV in particular don’t seem to be taking you seriously at all. DirecTV’s response has been staggering. I know because I ‑‑ look. I do this for a living. I know who ‑‑ where our listeners live, I know how our listeners watched me on Fox and watched me elsewhere. It was DISH and DirecTV and I think Comcast that our bulk of our audience came from, and DISH was the first to sign up and they were like, “Yes.” DirecTV is ‑‑ they seem to believe that this was nothing more than a stunt and, quite honestly, I don’t understand them, but that’s okay. I don’t think they understand that you are finally getting it, and we all are, and we all look at the money that we make and we want it to go to something that we believe in. And I’m sorry, but I will not pay another dime to fund Al‑Jazeera and MT ‑‑ and MSNBC and some Saudi Arabian channel. I will not go to help, to fund Russia Today and all of these channels that are taking our country apart. We are paying for that. It’s not like you’re paying for that access and it just happens to be on. You ‑‑ part of the money that you send in when you write a check goes to Al‑Jazeera every single month. Every month. So it’s one thing to say, “Well, I don’t watch Al‑Jazeera.” It’s one thing to say, “Well, my cable operator’s having Al‑Jazeera.” But once the American people understand you are personally funding Al‑Jazeera, then that leaves you with a couple of things: Do you boycott and say “I’m not going to…” because you won’t have any cable provider. “I’m not going to fund Al‑Jazeera. I refuse to fund.” That’s one way to go. That’s not the way we’ve ever gone. I believe in more voices, not fewer voices. Al‑Jazeera has a right to exist, but your only other choice at this point is Fox. That’s it. And they think that’s enough. And they think you’re fine with it. I’m telling you right now when Twitter was the way that people in Cyprus found out what was going on because the media was in on it, when you see that ‑‑ when you see what’s happening with our education system and what we’ve done in the last week just on Common Core that is shocking even to us and we’re paying attention to it and you see that NewsCorp is part of the Common Core curriculum, they personally went out and helped design Common Core on parts of it, I’m sorry. There’s got to be more than one answer. There has to be more than one answer or we don’t survive as a republic.
I don’t know if we’re the answer, but we’re trying and, boy, we need your help to get us seen by as many people as we possibly can be. You know that this is not about money. People will say that all the time, “It’s about money.” No, it’s not. I do believe ‑‑ there’s nothing wrong with money. I do believe we’ve worked hard for our money. But I also believe we’re all going to be broke in the end, gang. I mean what I say. Our money is going to be worthless. Our freedom is worth everything. Everything. And in the end all we have is each other and all we have is the truth. And if you can’t have access to the truth and have access to the truth quickly, you’re not going to have access to the truth and you’ll have nothing.
I told you at the outset this was going to be a long fight and it would test our resolve, but it is a fight we are going to win. This is one of those things that I know we will win. Today I’m asking you to get back on the phone and call your cable provider and just politely ask them. Last time we said, “Would you please carry TheBlaze.” Now it’s been five or six weeks. I’d like you to politely say, “Are you listening? Are you listening to me? Are you hearing me? Because I’m not going to pay for this anymore. All I’m asking is for balance. That’s all I’m asking. I’m asking that your eight‑to‑one or whatever it is and your Russia Today and Al‑Jazeera and MSNBC and CNN and everything else, I’m sorry. It’s not balanced by Fox. That’s one. It’s not balanced by two. You have to have a change of attitude here. And I’m not going to pay for it anymore.” You don’t have to go all ‑‑ just politely ask them, “Are you listening? Are you hearing what your paying customers are saying? Because we have other choices.” Let them know you want TheBlaze television network and you intend on keep calling them until they make it happen. And you’re going to call them until you have to make another decision. If you can’t call them, send an e‑mail. And while you’re at it, go to their Facebook page and post the message: “Are you listening? I want TheBlaze TV.” To make your connections go to getTheBlaze.com. GetTheBlaze.com will connect you to your provider, or you can call 1‑800‑996‑2529. 800‑996‑2529. Are you listening? We want TheBlaze. Help us out. And I thank you for everything that you’ve done so far.