Update: A Gun Store in North Carolina who has paid for advertising, and is now having their commercials pulled, shares this story:
[...] In a statement, the cable provider said, “Time Warner Cable has policies in place that govern the kind of advertising we accept. Under that policy, we no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people. We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”
When we asked if the cable provider would also ban similar programming, TWC said no.
“Viewers make a conscious choice to watch particular TV programs and movies, and tools like TV and movie ratings and the parental control features of our Digital TV service help consumers make informed viewing choices for their families,” a TWC spokesman said in an e-mail to WWAY. “Consumers don’t choose the advertising that airs during a particular show, so it’s appropriate for us to have a policy.” (link)
Follow the prog logic….. Um, the TV watcher has control over the remote during the show, but not during the commercials.
Time Warner Cable has decided to turn away any advertisment that includes Semi-Automatic gun ads, or content. Which begs the question: What about the actual network programming containing the exact same content of gun/firearm use? It would be intellectually impossible to remain consistent in defense of this position while still airing shows glorifying the use of the product they ban from their advertising. No?
(MC News) — Just weeks after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Con., Time Warner Cable has initiated a company-wide ban on certain gun ads.
“We no longer accept ads showing semi-automatic weapons and guns pointed at people,” Time Warner Cable said in a statement. “We stand by this policy. If it’s essential to a business owner to show this kind of imagery in their commercials, there are other advertising options in the marketplace.”
On Dec. 14, 27 people, including 20 elementary school children, were killed at Sandy Hook. The tragedy has spurred a national outcry for tougher gun laws.
On Jan. 16 President Barack Obama mapped out new gun control measures that would require universal background checks for all gun purchasers and place a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said in a statement Wednesday that it supported the President’s proposals. (read more)