Blaze Cuts Gavin McInnes After CRTV Merger, Customers Unhappy
Customers of CRTV are unhappy after the company merged with BlazeTV to create BlazeMedia and conservative star Gavin McInnes was dropped from the new lineup.
“Blaze Media no longer has a relationship with Gavin McInnes, and per company policy, cannot comment on personnel matters,” the company said on Twitter.
Blaze Media no longer has a relationship with Gavin McInnes, and per company policy, cannot comment on personnel matters.
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) December 9, 2018
Many right-wingers reacted harshly to the decision, vowing to cancel their subscriptions to the new service, and blaming Blaze founder Glenn Beck, a bona fide Trump hater, for McInnes’ firing.
“The new Blaze is already going up in flames. Glenn Beck ruins everything he touches,” said conservative YouTube star Mark Dice.
“I have already cancelled due to this terrible decision,” said Twitter user @JamesBrownInc.
I have already cancelled due to this terrible decision
— James Brown (@JamesBrownInc) December 9, 2018
“He was the only person I actually want to see. Subscription canceled,” said Twitter user @speakerstacy.
He was the only person I actually want to see. Subscription canceled.
— Thor's Hammer (@ThorsHamre) December 9, 2018
“Lost my business,” said Twitter user @wesleygrace1990.
Lost my business.
— Nick Gurh 🐻 (@NicGurh) December 9, 2018
McInnes is a controversial figure inasmuch as he founded the Proud Boys, a fraternal group of Trump-supporting nationalists. Blaze dropping McInnes represents the network’s move towards the political center, towards the pre-Trump brand of establishment conservatism which longs for the approval of the political left and will sacrifice conservative principles in order to pass the bad faith tests of its political adversaries.
Michelle Malkin, conservative firebrand and leading figure in the Trump movement, announced her departure from the network shortly after the merger.
“I am so proud of the investigative journalism I did for CRTV,” she said on Twitter. “So many heroes, so many compelling stories. I will not be continuing with the company, but wish my colleagues all the best.”
I am so proud of the investigative journalism I did for #CRTV — so many heroes, so many compelling stories. I will not be continuing with the company, but wish my colleagues all the best.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) December 4, 2018
Former CRTV executive Gaston Mooney, who will serve as co-president of Blaze Media, gave no sign that the network who disassociate with McInnes in the days after the merger.