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Comcast Tells New Jersey Gun Shop Owner that His Ads Cannot Show Guns or Even Archery Gear!
Pajamas Media ^ | 03/28/2013 | BRYAN PRESTON

Posted on 03/28/2013 6:21:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Yesterday we reported on the case of United Loan and Firearm versus Comcast. The owner of that shop, Ray Reynolds, says that Comcast is censoring his TV ads that run on Comcast Cable. The cable giant is demanding that he truncate “United Loan and Firearm” to remove the reference to guns, and that he remove any imagery of guns from his ad. If he does not comply, his ad will not run.

Comcast’s new policy extends beyond Georgia. Bob Viden, owner of Bob’s Little Sport Shop in Glassboro, New Jersey, told the Conservative Commando radio show on Wednesday that Comcast is making the same demands of him.

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“Are you still able to advertise on Comcast?” host Rick Trader asks Viden.

“No, we’re not. In fact they told us we had to change our ad so that it would not show any guns or the archery being shot in the range if we wanted to run the ad,” Viden replied. “So we elected that if we cannot run the ad the way we want it we’re not going to run the ad.”

Viden’s store had advertised on Comcast for several years before this issue ever came up, but now refuses to run ads that their own crews shot and produced.

“There were in and shot the film a couple years ago. I had my grandsons shooting archery,” Viden said, “and we had people out on the range, and it focused on the range and it showed the backs of people shooting downrange. All in a safe manner. And they have rejected that, even the archery from the ad, so we figured, that’s it.”

According to Viden, Comcast representatives told his daughter, who handles the store’s advertising, that the cable giant has a new policy that does not allow commercials to show guns or even archery gear, even though it is being used in a safe manner in the ad. Meanwhile, Comcast airs numerous shows that depict firearms and other weapons being used by criminals, police, and others in entirely unsafe manners all the time.

Trader asked Viden why the cable giant is choosing not to show guns used in a safe manner, as in his commercial, while its shows portray guns being used unsafely so often.

“We thought that if you really wanted to show an ad showing the safe handling of a firearm, as opposed to the way most people see it handled on some of the TV shows, it’s not unusual to see people running through the streets shooting at people or running out on their balcony and shooting two shots off in the air, and this type of stuff is not going on in real life with people who handle guns safely,” Viden said.

Listen to the entire interview here.

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Vice President Joseph Biden has recently advised people to buy shotguns, and fire warning shots off their balconies, for self-defense. Not only is his advice unsafe, following it could get you charged with a felony.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: banglist; comcast; comcastsucks; guncontrol; secondamendment; yesterday

1 posted on 03/28/2013 6:21:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Sodomy would be fine though.


2 posted on 03/28/2013 6:23:45 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: SeekAndFind

In any market in the country, Comcast delivers programming that shows thousands of murders per day. They have no problem with that revenue stream. Yet they reject the ad from a local shop showing law-abiding citizens practicing their Constitutionally-protected rights of self-defense. What an ignorant management team.


3 posted on 03/28/2013 6:28:58 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SeekAndFind

If Comcast in banning guns from its system, they are going to have to eliminate a huge percentage of their programming.


4 posted on 03/28/2013 6:29:03 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: SeekAndFind

While the suits at Comcast are clearly obnoxious jerks, it is a private company and has the right to show what it wants. If the shop owner paid for the ad and shot it before this directive from on high arrived he is entitled to a refund on his payment and IMO,compensation for the cost of the shoot as he was not told of these asinine restrictions beforehand.


5 posted on 03/28/2013 6:29:33 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m looking for an alternative to Comcast. Only use them for internet access, but would love to tell them to take their bandwidth and shove it.


6 posted on 03/28/2013 6:37:20 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade; Bloody Sam Roberts

It seems to me that COMCAST is objecting to the SAFE handling and using of guns, usage that does not pile up bodies.
They strangely seem to revel in the depiction of UNSAFE, ILLEGAL, and FELONY usage of all manner of violent actions.
In fact, it looks as though Comcast it making the depiction of violent death increasingly graphic and stomach turning.
Is it possible that Comcast objects to the showing of safe, non-injurious gun and bow/arrow use? It is not as exciting.


7 posted on 03/28/2013 6:44:32 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: JaguarXKE
I’m looking for an alternative to Comcast. Only use them for internet access, but would love to tell them to take their bandwidth and shove it.

Ditto

Not just for their latest anti gun nonsense, I already had plenty of reasons.

8 posted on 03/28/2013 6:54:37 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: SeekAndFind
Viden’s store had advertised on Comcast for several years before this issue ever came up, but now refuses to run ads that their own crews shot and produced.

Our country desperately needs a competitive alternate to Comcast; in many ways their management and services are vile and expensive.

9 posted on 03/28/2013 6:55:10 AM PDT by olezip
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To: xkaydet65
...it is a private company and has the right to show what it wants.

Normally, I would agree.

But in most localities, cable companies are granted monopolies. I would think there's some legal basis to expect a degree of equal access in return for that monopoly.
10 posted on 03/28/2013 6:59:32 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

If anyone on your email list uses comcast tell them about this, and tell them that you are about to block comcast from your inbox.


11 posted on 03/28/2013 7:02:07 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SeekAndFind

But they would take an ad for gay ‘marriage’


12 posted on 03/28/2013 7:11:47 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: chrisser

With the rise if Direct TV and Fios the monopoly argument is not as strong. Also, I think the monopoly argument would be persuasive only if it could be established that Comcast was favoring one advertiser over a competitor. So if this merchant could show this was done to keep him from advertising in favor of a competitor of his the monopoly argument would be stronger. Still.a cable service provider does not have to sell time to any business the provider has anissue with. Radio stations that target a specific audience don’t carry ads that associate with a different audience.


13 posted on 03/28/2013 7:12:01 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: SeekAndFind
I just posted a question to their public help forums to see if I get an official response on the accuracy of this. ========= I have a question about policy at Comcast. I am a monthly customer and what you call a single issue voter, citizen and consumer when it comes to this subject.

I would like for you to reference the following article and tell me if this is true or not. What is the Comcast policy and response to this:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/03/27/comcast-tells-new-jersey-gun-shop-owner-that-his-ads-cannot-show-guns-or-even-archery-gear/?singlepage=true

According to the article, Comcast is demanding that advertisers remove references to the word "Gun" and that they remove all images of guns from their advertisement videos.

Please do not ignore my question, this is a very important issue to me and I need a definitive answer from Comcast on their policy and where they stand on this public accusation. I think all subscribers deserve to know.

Thank you and best regards

14 posted on 03/28/2013 7:15:40 AM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: SeekAndFind
And hundred of thousands of murders on their sick killer show use guns. What ass hats. Ban them? Not on your life Comcast, we now know just what you are. Communists lover.
15 posted on 03/28/2013 7:16:10 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: xkaydet65

True enough, although it’s pretty hard to get local channels via Satellite. Some people can use rabbit ears.

You could make a similar argument that it then gives Comcast the right to block this business owner’s website from his local customers who are Comcast cable Internet subscribers.


16 posted on 03/28/2013 7:23:20 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is well within the rights of a company to accept or decline advertisers, except when the company gets in bed with the government. To have an exclusive franchise with government at the same time as making content decisions should end the franchise and open the market!


17 posted on 03/28/2013 7:25:29 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: SeekAndFind

COMCAST is being threatened by the Obama administration. They have to toe the line.


18 posted on 03/28/2013 7:30:03 AM PDT by Rapscallion (The people sense what Obama has in store for America.)
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To: JaguarXKE

“I’m looking for an alternative to Comcast.”

Check Verizon, Verizon and other cell companies. Some offer ground lines. Prices tend to be more expensive for Internet service, but include cell service.

Smaller providers are less common than they once were, but still exist in large cities. Check friends with odd email addresses (after the @).

Good luck.


19 posted on 03/28/2013 7:36:11 AM PDT by spaced
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To: xkaydet65

“While the suits at Comcast are clearly obnoxious jerks, it is a private company and has the right to show what it wants....”

If they are a private company, then I guess I have a right to cut Comcast wires on public utility poles.


20 posted on 03/28/2013 7:37:58 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: SeekAndFind

So they only restrict the advertising but allow the same display of guns in their programming?

Sounds like some ammo for a lawyer in a discrimination case.


21 posted on 03/28/2013 7:44:46 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind
If he does not comply, his ad will not run.

Fine. He'll take his ad dollars elsewhere!

22 posted on 03/28/2013 7:57:07 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: CaptainAmiigaf
It is not as exciting.

Yet it fits with the DNC talking points and fits the Agenda.

"Politically correct thinking vill be rewarded."

23 posted on 03/28/2013 8:02:04 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The Constitution does not guarantee public safety, it guarantees liberty.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
If Comcast in banning guns from its system, they are going to have to eliminate a huge percentage of their programming.

What Comcast is doing makes perfect sense if you look at the agenda - civilian disarmament.

24 posted on 03/28/2013 8:06:13 AM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: JaguarXKE

As soon as I an get Vios for internet where I live, Comcast will be history. Already told them to hit the road for television reception and went to satellite.


25 posted on 03/28/2013 8:25:49 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: Steamburg

This process is called FASCISM.


26 posted on 03/28/2013 8:27:37 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: SeekAndFind

I dumped comcast for verizion FIOS many years ago.
Comcast equipment and service or service people were terrible,


27 posted on 03/28/2013 8:31:51 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: sickoflibs

FIOS is so much better anyway. Never going back.


28 posted on 03/28/2013 9:45:56 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: SeekAndFind
Verified as true:
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29 posted on 03/28/2013 12:44:07 PM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know, I see the potential for some creative humor here. Blackout boxes and pixelated images combined with “We have this rifle, bow, ammo, etc. on sale but we can’t show it to you” would get attention and ridicule Comcast at the same time. You’d have to get real creative though, if they won’t even let you use the word ‘firearm’, which it sounds like they may be demanding. I understand not wanting to give them your business, but I could also see toying with them a bit.
:-)

O2


30 posted on 03/28/2013 12:59:26 PM PDT by omegatoo (You know you'll get your money's worth...become a monthly donor!)
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To: Renegade

Hey I just thought of a great new name for them: COMMIE-CAST.


31 posted on 03/28/2013 9:03:47 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: Renegade

This process is called FASCISM.


I can spell it, unfortunately the ill informed stop reading when they see the truth succinctly stated.


32 posted on 03/29/2013 6:49:16 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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