Comcast banning gun shop ads that show… guns

posted at 1:01 pm on March 30, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

I still haven’t managed to make it out to the theater to see Oz the Great and Powerful, but I did run across a story at PJ Media which appears to have come from somewhere over the rainbow with flying monkeys. Cable giant Comcast has apparently been instituting a new policy in several markets regarding advertising spots purchased by sporting goods stores, gun shops and related businesses. You can air your ads with them, providing you don’t show any guns, archery equipment or anything pointy, apparently.

Yes, you read that correctly. If your gun store wants to run an advertisement, you can’t show any guns.

The first instance was United Loan and Firearm in Georgia, who was told by Comcast that their advertisements needed to shorten the company name to just, “United Loan” and couldn’t show any images of guns. The next story, brought to us by Bryan Preston, is possibly even more staggering.

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.”…

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.

One of the real kickers that Preston turns up in this report involves the footage of the archery (yes… archery!) which was used in the ad. The sporting goods shop didn’t even produce it… Comcast did. And they had run it before. But now, the footage they themselves produced for the advertising customer is banned from the airwaves. I wonder if they allow knives to be shown?

If you click through to the link you can listen to the short, 5 minute Conservative Commando interview with the shop owner. Apparently these are not the only two instances where Comcast has done this, and hearing him recount his experience is worth your time. All I can say is this is one of those rare moments when I’m kind of glad I’m still on Time Warner. (And it takes a lot to say that lately.)


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The entire world is Oz now.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Thought policing is more fun when you only read about it.

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I thought both Time Warner and Cox had bought into it also. Is all advertisement on all stations shown on cable under this authority? Seems to me that they have a lot of movies and television shows they are going to need to clean up.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Droping Comcast on April 2nd……

heckrules on March 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Archery. Archery? ARCHERY?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*cough cough*

You CAN make this stuff up but I’m guessing only a good prior dosing of LSD would make it possible. How limp-wristed fruitball cowardly do you need to be to be scared of archery?

Bishop on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Comcast banning gun shop ads that show… guns

For consistency, Comcast should now ban all television shows and movies that contain guns, bows & arrows and other “weapons of war”…unless they are just really greedy hypocrites and all that.

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Wonder if Comcast will ban ‘all movies’ that show or have gun battles in them? Can’t have those nasty guns being shown to some ‘nut job’ that might go get one now can we?
L

letget on March 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Time to find another provider, Comcast has a lock on this area.

OT- Yahoo is orgazing over little jim carey trying to sue Fox News for slander.

Texyank on March 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Does anyone know of another high speed internet provider besides the comcast bozos? I am stuck because the bride needs high speed for work when she works from the house.

crosshugger on March 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The irony is that this sort of a ban will only spur people to buy even more guns from the very stores who’s ads they are banning.

WhatSlushfund on March 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

All I can say is this is one of those rare moments when I’m kind of glad I’m still on Time Warner. (And it takes a lot to say that lately.)

Time Warner also bans some gun ads. Maybe not be quite as restrictive as ComCast, but if I were a gun shop that couldn’t show my products in my ad, I wouldn’t advertise there either.

Fenris on March 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

comcast is a bunch of obama butt lickers…..

crosshugger on March 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Oh, good. The locally owned gunstore that everyone in 3 states buys from will be glad they won’t have to pay Comcast for advertising anymore…

ladyingray on March 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Meanwhile 40 paramilitary officers raided fpsrussia’s crib.

tom daschle concerned on March 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

No guns on the commercials that play between scenes of Scarface, The Flying Leathernecks, Blackhawk Down, and Dirty Harry movies (One of which is playing at this very moment, provided to my house by COMCAST).

Perfectly logical.

BobMbx on March 30, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Will Comcast allow ads that include gun-shaped PopTarts?

Ordinary American on March 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Headline coming soon to HA:

Comcast Obama’s Department of Education banning gun shop ads school history classes that show … guns Constitution

ShainS on March 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

As for fprrussia, kinda surprised it hadn’t happened before.

He blows up a lot of stuff. Of course the ATF you’ll come around snooping eventually…

catmman on March 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

For consistency, Comcast should now ban all television shows and movies that contain guns, bows & arrows and other “weapons of war”…unless they are just really greedy hypocrites and all that.

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Beat me to it!

+1000

Liam on March 30, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Is the public to stupid to see the hypocrisy of this? Are they even aware? The obvious evolution of this would be to get rid of guns in “entertainment” like they did with most smoking. Hollywood will love that. More show about SSM!

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

For consistency, Comcast should now ban all television shows and movies that contain guns, bows & arrows and other “weapons of war”…unless they are just really greedy hypocrites and all that.

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

You know . . . I mean, did any monkey at the keyboard even think of that before they banged out this Keanu Reeves Hamlet? Now that you mention it — this could only have been, at best, a complete wash.

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

The public doesn’t care about hypocrisy, obviously.

They reelected Obama.

catmman on March 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM

For consistency…

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Also Sons of Guns, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and all the Storage/ Auction shows…

But they will run ads for “Bullet to the Head”.

mad saint jack on March 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

CS Lewis was right the nanny staters will never give you any rest.

chemman on March 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Hollywood will love that. More show about SSM!

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

:) . . . I’m begging . . . for the love of Jackie Gleason, or Jackie Chan, or whatever gods they pray to . . . turn back the freakin’ dial a little while on gay. You’re winning, guys — don’t risk it; get scared; be merciful; something, anything.

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

:) . . . I’m begging . . . for the love of Jackie Gleason, or Jackie Chan, or whatever gods they pray to . . . turn back the freakin’ dial a little while on gay. You’re winning, guys — don’t risk it; get scared; be merciful; something, anything.

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Poor Chris Dorner. He only thought it was going to be a bummer that he was going to miss Shark Week. Dude had no idea that Gay Week would make Shark Week look like a 24-hour marathon of Art Linkletter’s House Party.

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Also Sons of Guns, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and all the Storage/ Auction shows…

But they will run ads for “Bullet to the Head”.

mad saint jack on March 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Walking Dead, certain episodes of old TV classics, any movie about pirates or The Three Musketeers (just the name smacks of firearms) because swords were weapons of war, History Channel to 75$, Military Channel to 99%.

Any and every news report showing armed police or even mentioning a shooting had happened, as well as how the many wars are going around the world.

Sheesh! Hollywood and makers of television shows and news are fertile grounds for the nanny-staters to regulate out the wazoo!

Liam on March 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM

chemman on March 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM

And I am not any skinnier or healthier either.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM

For the lawyers in the room…

Is there any grounds on which to sue Comcast over this? Who would have standing?

I don’t like the idea of going to the courts, but if Comcast is going to use its market power in this way, then that may be the only avenue. Seems really unfair — a big Hollywood film company or video game developer can have high-powered weapons galore in its advertising, but a mom-and-pop gun store can’t show their product?

Robert_Paulson on March 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

While I agree it is sooooo boring, I will be interested in watching how quickly and completely a not visually obvious minority with money gets their way.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I’m so glad I have Dish! It has The Blaze channel, too, which is way better than Fox News. Wilcow is 10 times better than Hannity and O’Rielly combined and Real News with Will, Amy and Buck is the best panel show I’ve seen in my life time.

Comcast customers should switch to Dish.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

This will soon be the only weapon allowed, if I had a good set of lungs I would be owning a couple assault Blow Pipes.
http://bestkuchinghotels.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/warrior-blow-pipe.jpg

fourdeucer on March 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Also Sons of Guns, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and all the Storage/ Auction shows…

But they will run ads for “Bullet to the Head”.

mad saint jack on March 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Even cartoons aren’t safe. Popeye. The Roadrunner. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Is there any grounds on which to sue Comcast over this? Who would have standing?

Robert_Paulson on March 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Standing isn’t the issue. Comcast has the right to decline advertisement dollars and content. No one has a right to advertise on cable, in a newspaper, etc.

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Dollars to doughnuts says the persons responsible for this decision have some, shall we say, sexual confusions already.

Cleombrotus on March 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

“Growing old isn’t for sissies.”

–Art Linkletter

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM

chemman on March 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM

And I am not any skinnier or healthier either.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM

lol

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Is Comcast going to ban shows portraying people actually being killed by firearms?

RadClown on March 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

OT – talk about fugly, from the inside, to the out.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

OT – how stupid are the Germans?

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Just inform Comcast you’ll boycott them AND anyone who advertises with them.

GarandFan on March 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

OT – how stupid are the Germans?

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

rotf

The headline to that link, for anyone skipping past it:

Germany Spends $110 Billion to Delay Global Warming by 37 Hours

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Thanks for the answer.

Robert_Paulson on March 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Work harder, fools.

On Drudge

WH SCRUBS SKI VACATION REPORT…

Obama daughters leave behind Bahaman beaches, hit Sun Valley slopes…

SECOND SKI TRIP THIS YEAR!

SPRING BREAK: Biden heads to golf resort for third vacation of year…

The Obama brats ski in Sun Valley, just back from the Bahamas, having skied Aspen two weeks ago.

That fugly Michell lives good, off the backs of her beard, layz biatch that she is. These scum have never produced anything but ills in all their lives, and they live like parasites.

Mock them into oblivion, any of you who work to sustain them. Starve all the Looters of the world.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

FloatingRock on March 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

How does it hold up to torrential rain storms? We get those all the time in Florida.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

What about all of the programming they carry that shows, accumulated on a weekly basis, tens of thousands slaughtered with guns?

Comcast is making a lot more carrying such programming than the mere pittance they would make from such ads.

Hypocrisy is a hallmark of self-righteous PC liberalism. And Comcast is becoming a hugely hypocritical standard bearer for that kind of arrogant propaganda.

They will only get away with it because in many places they have what is essentially a monopoly. But that virtual monopoly will not last if the free market is permitted to work. However, free market competition is exactly what Comcast does not want. And look at who they are backing politically. Socialist big business cronyism at work.

farsighted on March 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Somebody has too much money, I bet Spain and Greece are not going to like to hear about this wastefulness.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

farsighted on March 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I think they said to shut up.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

…boycott?…we went to Dish…maybe get a list of other people who constantly advertise on Comcast and steer your business elsewhere…

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

…you knew they have to make up for the vacationing they didn’t do last year!

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Adelphia was awful.

Comcast bought them out and the service got worse… not better…

Going to Verizon was a step up.

I’m hoping that more channels migrate online, especially Roku.

I’m ready for ala carte channels and have been for at least a decade. More like 15 years, really. I’ve had it with money going to support the MFM via cable payments.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Does anyone know of another high speed internet provider besides the comcast bozos? I am stuck because the bride needs high speed for work when she works from the house.

crosshugger on March 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Try Clear.com – if you are in their 4G area, it is super fast, no download limits and no contract.

ghostwalker1 on March 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

ajacksonian on March 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Verizon is in Virginia Beach now, competing with Cox. I’ll be interested to see how that goes. As far as I know it is the only apples to apples competition around.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

How does it hold up to torrential rain storms? We get those all the time in Florida.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

We don’t get a lot of heavy rain storms here like Florida but do occasionally and Dish handles them just fine that I’ve noticed. Probably you should ask people in your area about rain, though. We get a lot of snow in the winter here and a couple times per winter we have to brush off the snow when the signal is disrupted, but it’s a very minor thing if your Dish is in reach.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

So … if Comcast were a British company they’d have banned ads showing knives, too, I guess.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Somebody has too much money, I bet Spain and Greece are not going to like to hear about this wastefulness.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Hey! Really! Excellent point. Those people were just complaining recently about how they couldn’t pay the other guys’ bills. They could easily pay them. How selfish is that!

Axe on March 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Sounds like an advertising opportunity for someone else.

Curtiss on March 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

FloatingRock on March 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

LOL! My next door neighbor has a dish but unfortunately she doesn’t speak a smidgeon of English. It took her ten years to finally smile and wave at me. She brought me 10 eggs yesterday for helping her move some dirt containers she was struggling with. I guess she gets TV shows from China.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

All I can say is this is one of those rare moments when I’m kind of glad I’m still on Time Warner. (And it takes a lot to say that lately.)

I am so glad that I don’t have cable whatsoever.

Theophile on March 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Awww man, did NOT need to see that!:)

bernzright777 on March 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Obama and libtards are all the advertising any gun shop needs these days. Guns, ammo and magazines are mostly on backorder!! I hope all of the gun shops have sent a letter of thanks to rat ears!!

Deano1952 on March 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Droping Comcast on April 2nd……

heckrules on March 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Several other cable outlets are just as nutty.

CW on March 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

O/T

Looks like Gov O’Malley used his office, staff, and public resources to campaign and raise campaign cash…

Did Governor O’Malley forget the wall of separation between campaigns and state?

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Breathlessly awaiting networks banning all shows with GUNS!!!

Stop the glorification of Violence HOLLYWOOD!!

Remember SANDY HOOK all ye network executives and movie moguls.

PappyD61 on March 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Ban shows and movies with GUNS!!!!

Ban shows and movies with GUNS!!!!

Ban shows and movies with GUNS!!!!

Ban shows and movies with GUNS!!!!

That’s the responsible thing to do Hollywood, like President Obama said “have you no shame”?

PappyD61 on March 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

This is why we banned Comcast from our home.

mountainaires on March 30, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Will they be banning Bloomies ads? Seeing that they will not show firearms used in a safe manner they wouldn’t want to show firearms used in an unsafe manner.

NWFLConservative on March 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

This is just plain stupid . . . stupid, stupid, stupid. This entire country is absolutely insane.

rplat on March 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

FloatingRock on March 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I have DISH. Where do you find those channels? (i.e. what #’s)

tngmv on March 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

@ Robert_Paulson on March 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Probably not unless they refuse to refund advertising time already paid for. If they won’t give the money back now that they’ve made it impossible for these stores to advertise then I would take that case (if I could).

Lammo on March 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

We get a lot of snow in the winter here and a couple times per winter we have to brush off the snow when the signal is disrupted, but it’s a very minor thing if your Dish is in reach.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

We get more than a little snow here in E. WA. I have a heater for my DISH that keeps up with all but the heaviest storms. Got it here: http://www.montanasatellitesupply.com/ICE_ZAPPER_2_Satellite_Dish_Heater_w_Thermostat_p/icezapper%20w-fslash-%20thermo.htm

Lammo on March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Should Bloomberg and others even use the word “Gun”?????

Isn’t even the use of the word promoting “violent rhetoric”???

LET US hold them to the same insane standard they try to hold us too.

PappyD61 on March 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

States/local communities need to pass laws that are of the following nature: If a “communications provider” is utilizing “property easements” to provide service then the “communications provider” cannot infringe on the rights of the property owners ability to use their rights granted in the 1st and 2nd Amendments.

bubbafromkc on March 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Wouldn’t want to interrupt an airing of The Hunger Games with an ad for archery.

kurtzz3 on March 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Commcast is a bunch of A$$holes.

TX-96 on March 30, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Lammo on March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Thanks for the link, I’m in E. Washington too.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

COMCAST SUCKS!!! They also own NBC and MSNBC. I dropped Comcast for ATT who’s Uverse services is just as good. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

philrat on March 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

So have the calls started yet? The ones demanding they remove all gun/violent movies from their line-up? It’s hypocritical and a bit insane but then it’s the era of Obama so…

RalphyBoy on March 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Sounds like the comcast execs went knocking on Joe Bidens door.

Alberta_Patriot on March 31, 2013 at 1:08 AM

SO, the question is, do they still have tv shows that have guns or archery in them? If so, is this not a double standard?

Im very worried… the way one goes a lot may follow…

watertown on March 31, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Hollywood is making the most violent movies imaginable. How will they advertise them if you can’t show people blowing up buildings, cars or each other and Rambo with his Big Bad Gun?

Herb on March 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

So…. Having the world’s worst technical support wasn’t sufficient to drive away enough customers to fail completely? They need to rid themselves of advertisers as well? What sort of business plan is that?

“COMCAST” = “XFINITY” = Technology delivered by morons.

The only thing worse is Time-Warner.

ROCnPhilly on March 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM

For consistency, Comcast should now ban all television shows and movies that contain guns, bows & arrows and other “weapons of war”…unless they are just really greedy hypocrites and all that.

Resist We Much on March 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

This! On Target…ooops can I say that?!

Bulletchaser on March 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Comcast run by very liberal peeps, I quit them years ago.

losarkos on March 31, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Read stockman’s new book and be very afraid.

losarkos on March 31, 2013 at 11:21 PM