A company spokesperson told Greg Sargent:
This is a routine communication that notifies our affiliates’ traffic managers of advertisers that prefer not to be in ANY potentially controversial programs. It is prepared and disseminated on a quarterly basis.
So it might be routine for a huge group of companies to decide en masse that they don’t want to have controversial associations. Premiere also distributes Glenn Beck, Hannity, Michael Savage and other programs, all of which have certainly generated plenty of controversy in their time. So it stretches the limits of imagination to think that this is a routine request by advertisers. Sargent attempted to get clarification from the Premiere spokesperson on how this normally works, but hasn’t received a response.