If political conservatives really are minorities on Madison Avenue, could there be legitimate explanations for the phenomenon?
Maybe political conservatives are oblivious to the advertising and marketing opportunities available to them. Although their success at branding candidates and causes—as well as the PR efforts implemented by lobbyists for advertisers like the fast food industry—indicates there is a thorough awareness of the field.
Perhaps political conservatives simply aren’t interested in advertising careers, opting for more lucrative jobs with Wall Street, FOX News or NASCAR pit crews.
Advertising honchos consistently insist candidates are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their portfolios. Abstractly applying the notion to political conservatives, unless one’s samples included “It’s morning again in America” or “It’s Halftime in America,” it’s unlikely that affiliations with the right would ever hinder a hiring decision—or even come up during an interview.
Then again, political conservatives may indeed be facing discrimination on Madison Avenue. The industry has certainly shown a propensity for unfair treatment towards anybody outside of the status quo. So it’s completely possible that adpeople are refusing to acknowledge the Republican elephant in the room.
Yet while illegal and bad behavior is blatantly directed at individuals based on race, ethnicity, gender, lifestyle, religion and age, has anyone witnessed improprieties targeting political conservatives? Can’t think of any lawsuits brought against agencies and holding companies by Tea Party members. And Carl Warner is not a very convincing poster child for the movement, as there’s little evidence that his career has suffered because of his voting record.
Somebody should just ask Mitt Romney to promise to create more advertising jobs for political conservatives if he’s elected president.