While many of us avoid purchases which benefit businesses engaged in activities we don't condone, how many of us write to them to let them know that we are and why we are boycotting? Focusing on sponsors of biased and antidemocratic corporate media, especially spin/propaganda shows posing as objective, "fair and balanced," the money trail can more readily be detoured.
Below are links with related general boycott info and more links to examples of local media sponsors canceling sponsorship as a result of polite letters pointing out why the sponsor would be boycotted from a dishonest and antidemocratic radio show, etc.
http://www.debone.com/boycott.html has several links, including links to
MONEY TRAILS IN THE STATE OF OREGON
which gives information such as lobbyist money trails, appointed government officials conflict of interest documents, etc. These types of links are also available in other states. New York is given as an example.
Also included is information about boycott law in the US. Did you know, for example, that it is illegal to boycott products from Israel? It is a crime punishable by stiff fines and imprisonment. Let's use the right to boycott sponsors before we lose it!
http://www.debone.com/boycottFoxNewsSponsors.html has a short list of some sponsors of Fox News as an example.
The negative powers that be can only be if the money flow continues as is. Most businesses are sensitive to even a small drop in sales. Boycotting without letting them know why can be ineffective because it often goes unnoticed. However, "messaged boycotting," letting the business know specifically why you will not purchase a product that you would (at least theoretically) otherwise purchase can in some cases have a real impact.
Most news media businesses are essentially an advertisement businesses. Most businesses that advertise are not particularly keen on being seen as being associated with controversy, yet are keen on growing market share. So, when you see an advertisement with media that strikes you as dishonestly biased, undemocratic, stealthy propaganda, etc., send them an email, letter, etc. letting them know you don't support them because you don't approve of what they support.
While elections can be rigged, it's hard to cover up your economic vote.