NASCAR caves to anti gun media: NASCAR racers say they were advised to not give interviews so they didn’t appear with the NRA logo
Here we go. Despite the fact that NASCAR takes money from the NRA. In fact the race tonight is called the NRA 500. So why is NASCAR caving to media pressure? Just listen to this statement from NASCAR spokesman, David Higdon: “The NRA’s sponsorship of the event at Texas Motor Speedway fit within existing parameters that NASCAR affords tracks in securing partnerships,” Higdon said. “However, this situation has made it clear that we need to take a closer look at our approval process moving forward, as current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions.”
He makes this CYA (cover your ass) statement after pressure from Senator Chris Murphy asking FOX news to not air the race at all. He said, “This celebration of guns is inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre,” Murphy said in a statement. “But most importantly, broadcasting this race, which will highlight the NRA and its radical agenda during this time, sends a harmful signal to the families affected by gun violence, as well as the millions of Americans who support sensible gun control measures and enjoy your sports programming.” Yes, now Senators are telling Fox news what NASCAR races to air. This is certainly a critical issue to the senate at this time. Television programming. Not health care, not budgets, not the employment crisis, or the environment. No way, lets tell FOX news what NASCAR races to air.
Adding fuel to the controversy, two NASCAR drivers have told ESPN that they were told not to give interviews, in the media room in order to avoid being seen with the NRA logo.
Come on!! This is crazy. Now we have senators who literally have nothing better to do than to try to control what NASCAR events FOX covers. Talk about a control freak. This just boggles my mind. It goes to show, that the media is trying to make supporters of the NRA and the second amendment ashamed. They want to make them objects of ridicule, objects of scorn. Apparently at this time, it appears to be working. The PR people for NASCAR were spinning overtime, trying to think of a way to avoid being seen with the NRA logo, despite the fact that they cheerfully race in a race called the NRA 500. What kind of upside down rubbish is this?
I would suggest that all of us send letters to NASCAR telling them that we are proud to see races sponsored by the NRA and we are ashamed of NASCAR for attempting silly PR maneuvers to avoid being associate with an organization that sponsors them. I find that embarrassingly rude and so should NASCAR. You accept money from a group, name the race the NRA 500, then advise your races to avoid being seen with the NRA logo, and put out a BS press statement saying they need to “take a closer look at our approval process”. In other words, “We will take your money, but we don’t want to be associated with your ideals. ” SHAME.