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Monday, November 06, 2017

When the Country Music Association stages its 51st CMA Awards on November 8th in Nashville, they'll do so with a strict edict to members of the press: don't pose questions about the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest festival shooting or gun issues to country artists in attendance. Should a journalist fail to adhere to the rules, the association says, they could have their credentials revoked "via security escort."

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The Route 91 Harvest festival shooting on October 1st rocked the country music community, thrusting the genre and its artists into the hard news cycle as issues about gun control were raised in light of the tragedy. Nashville artists' relationships with the NRA Country organization were questioned and ties to the group showed early signs of fraying, with acts like Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett, former NRA Country spotlight artists, confirming they had no ongoing partnership with the organization. Some stars were more outspoken: Jason Isbell tweeted, "What a truly awful thing. It simply shouldn't be that easy to hurt that many people," while Maren Morris channeled her frustration into the new song "Dear Hate."

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#1 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-06 09:41 AM | Reply

BTW, kudos to Brad Paisley.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-06 09:42 AM | Reply

Why does the CMA hate freedom?

#3 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-06 09:50 AM | Reply

The second amendment is sacred.

The first amendment is just an option.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-06 10:15 AM | Reply

Just shut up and take a knee...

Nobody at the CMA is gonna punch a hole in their gravy boat...

#5 | Posted by Pegasus at 2017-11-06 11:27 AM | Reply

I heard on the radio that Pink is going to perform at the CMAs. What in the hell? Last I heard of her she sang "I'm coming out so you better get the party started".

Who watches this crap? Why?

#6 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-06 11:46 AM | Reply

The first amendment is just an option. - #4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-06 10:15 AM

Private citizens communicating with private citizens. In what way does the 1st amendment's restrictions on the government play in?

#7 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-11-06 12:07 PM | Reply

He doesn't have any idea what he is talking about, so he surely isn't going to understand what you're getting at. You're best off ignoring that stooge.

#8 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-06 12:10 PM | Reply

Did any of y'all actually read the article?

#9 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-06 12:23 PM | Reply

Private citizens communicating with private citizens. In what way does the 1st amendment's restrictions on the government play in?

#7 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Every time the topic of guns comes up you will inevitably hear some nut but say their right to bear arms shall not be infringed.

Yet rarely do you hear the wing- nuts say anything about not abridging the freedom speech or of the press. Both of which are in also the Constitution.

In this case if the "private party" is concerned about what the press might say or ask then do not invite them.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-06 01:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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@#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-06 01:11 PM

Or let them know what is acceptable behavior and the result that will occur should that agreement not be kept. Like they did (and later retracted).
Just because you don't pay enough attention to see that that same people against infringement of the 2nd are also against infringement of the 1st, doesn't mean it doesn't occur. Perhaps you should expand your exposure to things outside of your bubble?

#11 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-11-06 01:36 PM | Reply

don't pose questions about the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest festival shooting or gun issues to country artists in attendance. Should a journalist fail to adhere to the rules, the association says, they could have their credentials revoked "via security escort."

This snowflake political correctness is destroying the country!

#12 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-11-06 01:59 PM | Reply

Just because you don't pay enough attention to see that that same people against infringement of the 2nd are also against infringement of the 1st, doesn't mean it doesn't occur.

Yeah that's interesting. And I am sure it does occur.

However "72 percent of Republicans would support making it illegal for an American to burn or desecrate the flag. A little more than half of Republicans would punish the desecrators by stripping them of their U.S. citizenship, something Donald Trump suggested (to great and deserved indignation) a few weeks after he won the election last November."

www.google.com

And this just out. "President Donald Trump illegally blocks critics on Twitter in hopes of creating "curated adoration" that could lead to a dictatorship, legal experts argued Monday."

www.newsweek.com

Outside of Faux News is well known that Republicans are not really good champions of the 1st amendment.

But the 2nd? Forget about it. NO INFRINGEMENT!

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-06 02:31 PM | Reply

What responsibility did the CMA or the artists have for the Vegas shooting, beyond providing a target? Questions about that shooting would be pointless. These guys know no more than the victims. Leave it to the FBI and we will never know a thing.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-06 03:21 PM | Reply

"Just because you don't pay enough attention to see that that same people against infringement of the 2nd are also against infringement of the 1st, doesn't mean it doesn't occur."

Unless they express their first amendment rights through taking a knee at a football game.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-06 03:31 PM | Reply

#15 | Posted by danni, You can say or demonstrate any opinion. That doesn't mean that there will not be any consequence. As far as consequences, the NFL is losing audience, sponsors, and viewers. Their taking a knee is costing real money. Believe it or not, the overindulged, privileged, rich and ignorant athletes lecturing the rest of us on virtue or saying that the police are inherently racist goes over like a lead balloon. What I note, no one demonstrates for the 93% of black men who were murdered by other black men.

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-06 03:45 PM | Reply

"That doesn't mean that there will not be any consequence. As far as consequences, the NFL is losing audience, sponsors, and viewers. Their taking a knee is costing real money. Believe it or not, the overindulged, privileged, rich and ignorant athletes lecturing the rest of us on virtue or saying that the police are inherently racist goes over like a lead balloon."

That has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that they are are exercising their first amendment rights and millions of folks, like you, don't think they should be allowed to do so. In other words you would approve of their first amendment rights being reduced.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-06 04:18 PM | Reply

Freedom of speech, but subject to certain market constraints. But, we like to call it a free market.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-06 04:30 PM | Reply

#17 | Posted by danni And they are doing it at their work, on someone's else's dime. There will come a tipping point. The players can be replaced, especially if their stunts are costing them,(the owners) money, which they are. Go ahead and proclaim your opinions at work,see how long you have a job. Or in the same vein do that in a court room, you can, but there will be consequences. Believe it or not, I was precluded from free speech for a couple of decades, no one thought that was much of an issue.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-06 05:22 PM | Reply

What I note, no one demonstrates for the 93% of black men who were murdered by other black men.

#16 | Posted by docnjo

Are you saying society should be equally mad when someone gets murdered by a cop versus when someone gets murdered by a criminal?

Republicans hate being called stupid all the time, but they just keep proving it.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-06 07:35 PM | Reply

If they are murdered, then the cop is a criminal. So yes

#21 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-11-06 08:39 PM | Reply

If they are murdered, then the cop is a criminal. So yes

#21 | Posted by Avigdore

If the cops were criminals, they'd be punished.

If you're a cop, murder is allowed. You just have to say "I as scared. I thought he had a gun" and BINGO! LEGAL MURDER!

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-06 08:45 PM | Reply

Speaks, phd of lawful self-defense. I'd hire him as my lawyer, his expertise is unmatched.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 08:14 AM | Reply

" Go ahead and proclaim your opinions at work,see how long you have a job."

And that should determine if you have a constitutional right to express your opinion? You're a real stand up guy, I bet if it was 2nd amendment rights your opinion would be quite different. Who do you think you're fooling? Not me. I know who you are, you are not someone that actually believes in the Constitution, you're one of those morons who thinks that the only valid Amendment is the 2nd cuz you love your guns more than you love your freedom of speech. That's cuz you're dumb.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-07 08:24 AM | Reply

Danni, you're the one being dumb here. Employers restrict 2nd Amendment rights all the time. It is lawful, because you are working on their property. Even in Texas an employer can forbid you from bringing openly carried firearms inside, they can restrict concealed carry with the 30.06 law. They can restrict firearms in vehicles in their parking lots, if they meet the criteria the state has specified.

This article has nothing to do with the 1st or 2nd Amendment, it is simply a private organization putting on a private event at a private venue. That's it.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-07 08:54 AM | Reply

"Go ahead and proclaim your opinions at work,see how long you have a job."

I express my opinion all the time. Sometimes we act upon it and sometimes we don't. My judgement on how things should be handled is one of the reasons I was hired.

This is not Russia Comrade.

If you are not able to express your opinion at work then you do not have a job.

You are just a slave.

#26 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-07 11:17 AM | Reply

Speaks, phd of lawful self-defense. I'd hire him as my lawyer, his expertise is unmatched.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg

No I'm a PhD of reading the news. If you did the same thing, you'd see cops killing people and always getting off without punishment if they say "I was scared. I thought he was holding a gun." At least it works if the victim is black.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-07 12:54 PM | Reply

Yeah, I'll be watching the CMAs right after binge watching the excellent Dr. Ken.

#28 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2017-11-07 12:58 PM | Reply

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