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March 27, 2013 - 4:27 pm

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.

“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.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Anything shown on TV that accurately portrays shooting and archery enthusiasts as anything other than a bunch of politically conservative crazed rednecks is not an image that the metrosexual liberal wishes to see projected.

On the other hand, the image portrayed on prime-time shows where the gun has no other purpose except as a terrifying instrument of violent death and gun owners are unstable loons is exactly the image that they wish to project.

No hypocrisy here. Comcast knows exactly what they are about.

As far as I an concerned the best place for our family TV would be at the curb waiting for the Tuesday morning pick up.
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This IS what censorship, or as it is now known political correctness, means. Some self-appointed "better" moral and other arbiter and friends with "ideas above their station" and power to enforce their edicts decide they have the rights to tell free Americans what they may and may not do.

NOTICE however they invariably "pick on the little guy". The one who is out there on his own. Used to be called bullying. Now it's "for the greater good", and "the good of the People". Sound familiar?

Where is their censorship/political correctness in refusal to permit advertising of pictures of guns among their fellow travellers in Hollywood, HBO, and their ilk?

Enterprises that produce "entertainment" with unending display of pictures of guns and their actions? A virtual worship of guns and effects. In living colour and graphic action display. Where is the "high moral outrage"? The "political correctness, the concern for "the greater good", etc?

Squishy excitement "entertainment/circuses for their "bread" doesn't count as advertisement, does it? The people in charge of the institutions
say so. These same people who calll themselves "liberals". But suddenly become all high and mighty "moral" and flex their muscles to show "the little guy" who's the big boy on the block.

One rule for those who control tlhe toll gates, shades of Monopolist Media, and other rules IMPOSED by the arbiters, bossy boots, control freaks, for those not in the club, or is that The Party?

Not bad in the Constitutional Republic of the USA that DISALLOWS in LAW this sort of arbitrarinesss. The television channels are private enterprises but use the public air waves as vehicle for their "advertising and
"entertainment" The PUBLIC airwaves that are the PROPERTY of the citizens, ALL the citizens.

So where are the "protectors of the Rights of Americans" in this latest chapter of political correctness edicts of the Liberals that "ALL animals are Equal, SOME Animals are MORE EQUAL aka "Affirmative Action"?
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It's not surprising at all. Comcast is owned by N othing B ut C rap.
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United Loan and Firearm should put some videos on YouTube making fun of gun phobia. For example, they could show children firing gun shaped Pop Tarts and pointy fingers. They could also pattern a video on the Free Hat episode of South Park where guns are replaced by walkie-talkies. They could even offer a free hat with every purchase.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Hat

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/the-projector/steven-spielberg-finally-admits-walkie-talkies-were-mistake-142746809.html
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If there were some Smart lawyers out there in America they would be lining up to sue Comcast for all kinds of bad acts; restraint of trade, Unequal treatment under the commerce act,all kind of stuff.Get busy Law Boys.
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Comcast also pays city governments a "franchise fee" (about $5 a month on my bill) for which the city government provides "protection" from any "competition". As the city is doing nothing for the consumer in any way, it appears that this is just an example of the endemic corruption that is now so commonplace here in the US.
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*GRAPHIC* Demand A Plan - Demand Celebrities Go F*** Themselves!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxRlpRcorEU&feature=player_embedded
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Comcast is part of the cable tv monopoly. How many cell phone choices do you have? Yet we still argue against regulation?
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Bill, cable companies is already a highly-regulated industry, so why do you think _more_ regulation will help anything?
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Vote with your feet.
I was thrilled when FIOS came to my street.
I dropped Comcast like a hot potato.
Better picture, faster internet, lower price, what's not to love?
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these abused merchants should have a look at the language, terms, etc, of the advertising contract. I doulbt such restrictions were part of that. Comcast may have held some right to decide what is "inappropriate", but to hold an enitre class or three of mechandise as "inappropriate" after years of accepting them is wrong. They ARE restraining trade. SOMEONE needs to stand up and slap them silly... in the courts. The rest of us need to end any trade relationship with them... no cable, internet, etc. Dump them, hard.
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I support the right of Comcast, being a private entity, to set their policies anyway they wish. Their right to be total hypocrits is also protected by our Bill of Rights.
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You don't pay much attention to reality much do you. Remember Pastygate from the Super bowl. The FCC went all rogue on CBS and got fined. This is no d a m n different. Comcast is abusing the deal they signed with the FCC to promote the general welfare.
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