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  •  Is this really a line the Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    maxomai

    want to draw?

    Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy is pleading with Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of News Corporation, which owns the Fox Sports channel, not to air a National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race scheduled for this weekend.
    Nascar is obviously something a significant number of people enjoy. Here, Murphy is actively trying to block them from their opportunity to enjoy this race because he disagrees with the political views of the sponsor of the race. If he succeeds even people who disagree with the NRA on recent issues may find themselves frustrated that they can't watch the race because several proNRA messages will be issue throughout the race.

    Further, what statement does this send? Instead of meeting the NRA's points with counterpoints the goal here is to simple suppress the NRA's ability to advertise. This is true despite the above statement that the NRA will not be using this as a political platform.

    I agree that the NRA has too much power in the current environment. However, is the solution to suppress the NRA or to increase the power and influence of those who oppose the NRA?

    Also, the leaders of the NRA are clearly taking rather extreme position that aren't supported even by many of their members. I believe treating the NRA like an extremist organization not even worthy of basic advertising and sponsorship opportunities will simply strengthen the position of the extremists within the organization and lead to other members closing ranks around them. Individual members including those who disagree with the leadership will likely see this as an attack on an organization that they value and an activity that they value.

    If we want to ultimately win on gun control we need the support and trust of moderates including those who may own guns. This I believe would only serve to increase distrust and suspicion among such people and thus increase the ability of the radical members of the NRA to infuse misinformation in the discussion.  

    •  I doubt he intends to succeed (1+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694

      He's being just as savvy in his own marketing effort - media attention for his viewpoint. Well done Sen. Murphy!

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 11:42:24 AM PDT

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      •  Just as savvy as Senator Joseph McCarthy in (1+ / 0-)
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        eXtina

        getting Hollywood to blacklist those pesky (alleged) Communists. It helped his brand, too, for a little while.

        •  Around here (0+ / 0-)

          Fox and the NRA are already blacklisted. ;)

          He's not doing anything remotely like McCarthy. He is getting a little more media spotlight on the NRA, and their objections to gun violence legislation, than they would otherwise have gotten. Not even anything as much as the NRA are going to gain marketing-wise from their NASCAR race.

          "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

          by Catte Nappe on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:22:52 PM PDT

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          •  So the NRA is just doing it for the kicks? (1+ / 0-)
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            eXtina

            Doubtful.

            As to "remotely like McCarthy", I respectfully disagree.

            1. Allege a nefarious influence by a belief group who are, in many cases, exercising their Constitutional rights, and try and shut them up.

            2. To compare:

            Sen. [McCarthey] argued that the [Communist sympathizers] "not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate, it also [condones the illegitimate takeover recently liberated countries and the invasion of another]."

            or

            "You [i.e. Hollywood] should play a constructive role in our national dialogue by refraining from broadcasting [Communist propaganda.] By airing [these views] you will be strengthening the brand of a radical organization that is currently standing in the way of meaningful progress...."

            Doesn't seem that far off the mark to me.

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