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Comcast To Broadcast Tons Of Shows With Gun Violence While Banning Ads With Guns

February 22, 2013 by  

Comcast To Broadcast Tons Of Shows With Gun Violence While Banning Ads With Guns
Scenes like this are common in shows like "Breaking Bad."

The biggest cable company in the United States is all set and ready to sell you some quality entertainment. Whether it’s the self-described “sex-fueled, violent world” of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Walt White’s bloody survivalism on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” or anonymous crime victims’ gun-shattered lives on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” you can sit for quite a spell while enjoying a fictitious world of prime time hack-‘n’-slash.

But don’t linger through the commercial breaks hoping to learn where you can buy the same kind of pistol Jesse Pinkman used to murder Gale Boetticher in the “Breaking Bad” Season 3 finale.

Bad example?

Fine: Don’t expect the ads to tell you what kind of sweet bird gun Uncle Si totes through the placid Louisiana wetlands on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.” Because suddenly, Comcast sort of frowns on advertisements that have to do with guns, as well as other things that go “boom.”

When Comcast (finally) took control of NBC Universal last week, it decided — evidently without informing advertisers — to adopt NBC Universal’s policy of not selling advertising time to any company involved in the sale and promotion of firearms or fireworks.

CBS Detroit spoke with a Canadian advertising agency that had tried to renew an ad agreement with Comcast for Michigan-based Williams Gun Sight and Outfitters. The ad was rejected by Comcast, which informed the agency it had stopped accepting firearms ads earlier this month.

The company’s chief operating officer said Williams had spent “a good portion of their advertising” budget with Comcast in the past.

The big guns of outdoor retail – Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s — have dropped decades’ worth of coin to advertise on specialty cable TV networks, like the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. According to MSN, the Comcast ban applies only to “commercial time sold by Comcast Spotlight, the advertising-sales division of Comcast Cable that sells local spots on national cable channels.” Translation: some, but not all, hunting and fishing programming will be able to run with gun ads as before.

As in all cases of culture creep, other major entertainment companies have followed each other, in the wake of last December’s Sandy Hook murders, in pulling or limiting gun ads to run on television.

It sounds like now is a great time to be an ad rep for Field & Stream or Garden & Gun.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    I turned TV off about 15 years ago, got married and turned it on for the wife “she insisted” after being married a couple of years she finally was weened off TV — its turned off now.

    You will not believe how much more you can get done, the better your relationships will be, and you will never miss that boob tube.

    Obviously we have internet and will play NetFlix for the gkids – no commercials and selected list. Vid games are banned at my home – The gkids have more fun, they at first thought it was bogus, then adjusted and prefer the setup.

    TURN IT OFF – save that 150 bucks a month, put it into something usefull. Show ComCast and the rest – you dont need them or the poison they push.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • Robert Smith

      Television is almost a pure form of capitalism. If products don’t sell the program is taken off. It’s that simple. The porn channels are a good example. Lots of folks pay extra for it and cable companies make bunches of money. Yet nobody who doesn’t want to watch is forced to watch.

      Turn of completely like FreedomFighter does, change the channel, whatever…

      If a broadcaster or cable company doesn’t want to sell to a particular advertiser then it’s their loss, or their calculated gain. I don’t expect to see condom ads on Nickelodian or Disney. Nobody gives a second thought about that. Why think about guns? They know their audience and they will decide what makes them the most money.


  • Brad Stockinger

    Gun manufacturing companies should stop selling weapons to the police where there are gun bans.


      They are starting to do just that. Several companies such as J&G have made public statements that any state or local govt that bans gun, mags or ammo will not be serviced and any orders canceled. If it is considered dangerous for the civilians, then it is considered dangerous for govt as well.

  • Dave67

    Like with sex, we are wonderfully inconsistant with messages about both violence and sex. The problem in America goes deeper. Israel, Switzerland, Canada all have the same movies and TV we do… The same video games, more guns per capita than we do but a fraction of the gun violence.

    Its time to look at what is it about US that causes us to reach for a gun so quickly to solve any sort of disagreement.

    Part of the problem is that we are sold fear everyday. Americans used to be courageous… Now we are afraid of our own shadow. Everything that happens in this country requires a HUGE overreaction.

    Case in point… The “the shoe bomber”… because of one idiot, we need to take our shoes off going through airports. Is it for real security concerns? No… Its to make the scared rabbits in this country feel “safe”

    Many of the witers for this page are experts in selling fear… The yell “SOCIALISM” and “COMMUNISM” without what appears to have a single clue what the terms mean.

    Its sad, I for one refuse to live a life based on fear. Its a waste of my energy and its a waste of the country’s energy as well.

    • FreedomFighter

      The yell “SOCIALISM” and “COMMUNISM” without what appears to have a single clue what the terms mean.

      I know what it means and the Obummer regime has it in spades with a unhealthy dose of dictatorship thrown in.

      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • Dave67

        No FF,

        Clearly you don’t. I hope you never have to experience what a real dictator is. It would wake you up from your conservative nap.

      • Vicki

        Since Dave67 willfully refused to give the definitions “SOCIALISM” and “COMMUNISM” I thought I would offer them so we can see who has a clue and who does not.

        Definition of SOCIALISM
        : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
        a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
        b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
        : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.

        First Known Use of SOCIALISM
        Then there is this little discussion under the definition
        noun (Concise Encyclopedia)

        System of social organization in which private property and the distribution of income are subject to social control; also, the political movements aimed at putting that system into practice. Because “social control” may be interpreted in widely diverging ways, socialism ranges from statist to libertarian, from Marxist to liberal. The term was first used to describe the doctrines of Charles Fourier, Henri de Saint-Simon, and Robert Owen, who emphasized noncoercive communities of people working noncompetitively for the spiritual and physical well-being of all (see utopian socialism). Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, seeing socialism as a transition state between capitalism and communism, appropriated what they found useful in socialist movements to develop their “scientific socialism.” In the 20th century, the Soviet Union was the principal model of strictly centralized socialism, while Sweden and Denmark were well-known for their non-communist socialism.”

      • Vicki

        Definition of COMMUNISM
        a : a theory advocating elimination of private property
        b : a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed
        a : a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
        b : a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production
        c : a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably
        d : communist systems collectively

  • John Mitchell

    I intend to find an alternative to Comcast. I will cancel my service with them as a political statement.

    • eddie47d

      Al cable outlets are evil in what they charge and what they allow on their channels. Is there sex and violence programming welcomed? Apparently so since they are making a killing. Commercial stations aren’t much better and allow some fairly slick and untruthful advertisements. Prescription drugs what a joke sometimes. 20 years ago you couldn’t find anyone allowing lawyers to advertise now they are on all networks 24/7. Selling their BS and claiming hundreds of thousands in payouts. The newspapers are filled with gun ads so it won’t be long when they will also be on TV. Isn’t America great!

  • http://Personallibertydigest Ronald

    I have blackballed all NBC channels as well as now comcast. I also refuse to watch any movie with a liberal actor or actresses as leading roles. As far as I am concerned all Liberals can take thier views and go straight to hell. That is where they are gona wind up anyway right next to the sorry SOBs that commit mass shootings. They are not very different from each other. It is thier way of forcing thier views on others at any cost

  • http://PersonalLibertyNews David

    I stopped watching nbc when Bob Costus ,had his anti-gun tirade,during the halftime with “God Bless America” playing in the background.If that one moment does not show Americans how the media see’s itself and how they see My rights are second to theirs.I will nolonger purchase any NFL or NBA mercedise until they stop this and play the National Anthem instead of 4 more minute of their commercials,have e-mailed my intent to both leages and will probably stop watching both,NASCAR fans get it.God Bless God


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