“Comcast, the nation’s largest cable-TV company, made the decision last month [to ban ads for guns and ammo] after it finalized its purchase of media company NBCUniversal. . . ‘Consistent with long-standing NBC policies, Comcast Spotlight has decided it will not accept new advertising for firearms or weapons moving forward,’ said spokesman Chris Ellis of Comcast’s advertising sales division, Comcast Spotlight.” Comcast joins Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second largest cable TV provider, in their firearms/ammo ad ban. Oh, and Cox Communications, the nation’s third largest cable TV provider. And, of course, all the major TV networks, including Fox. Except for ads on . . .
the hunting channels! And even those channels have ridiculous advertising restrictions. According to the Los Angeles Times . . .
The NBC Sports Network, a cable channel, will continue to accept advertisements for weapons that are used for hunting, such as shotguns and rifles. However, NBC Sports Network will no longer accept ads for handguns, semi-automatic and automatic weapons and ammunition.
Also gone from NBC Sports Network are a couple of shows that focused primarily on handguns, including “Guns & Gear.”
But the hunting shows that have long been a part of the channel, such as “Winchester Whitetail Revolution,” “Elk Fever” and “The Buck Stops Here,” will probably be back on later this year.
I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. The mainstream media ban on firearms advertising — on TV, print and radio — is the single largest block to firearms normalization. I know the First Amendment only protects Americans from government infringement on their right to free speech, but tearing down this wall is the key to defending and extending our right to keep and bear arms.
TTAG is attempting to sell a gun program on one of the major cable channels. Meanwhile, thank God Al Gore invented the Internet.