Apple, Amazon, YouTube Urged To Pull NRA TV Channel

Amazon, Apple, Roku and YouTube are facing increased calls to drop the National Rifle organization’s TV channel from their streaming services, as backlash against the organization grows following a Florida school shooting final week that killed 17 people.

The NRA describes its NRA TV channel as a source “for the most comprehensive coverage of the moment Amendment and firearms related issues.” That includes everything from coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference to far more incendiary videos that border on outright calls for violence, such as this:

A 2017 analysis of the channel by the nonprofit Media things famous that while NRA TV presents itself as a news outlet, its news and firearms coverage has diminished and instead it “has largely become a platform for far-right conservative talking points that are often unrelated to gun policy.”

For example, among a long list of other things, NRA TV hosts bear said they’re gratified to see the “rat bastards” in the media accept “curb-stomped”; claimed that the head of Women’s March, a female empowerment group, “believes in overthrowing the U.S. government for Sharia law”; and said punishing gun owners who fail to store their firearms properly is “like shaming a rape survivor.”

On Thursday, Brad Chase ― a friend of Daniel Reed, the father of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived the shooting ― started a petition urging Amazon to drop the channel.

The NRA has long ignored its role in promoting gun violence and betrayed the names of respectable and responsible gun owners.
From a petition urging Amazon to drop NRA TV

Chase famous he fully supports the First Amendment and has no problem with the NRA pushing its content on its own website. In his eyes, the real absurdity is companies like Amazon giving them an unchecked conduit into American homes. 

“The NRA has long ignored its role in promoting gun violence and betrayed the names of respectable and responsible gun owners,” Chase wrote on the petition’s page. “It’s time to hold them, and their partners, accountable … a company like Amazon should not be spreading their message.”

Activists rallying around #StopNRAmazon sent the hashtag trending on Twitter Thursday. #DumpNRATV circulated as well, aided by the advocacy group Mom’s Demand Action, which is also calling for the companies to stop offering the channel.

“NRATV is domestic to the NRA’s most risky and violence-inciting propaganda,” Shannon Watts, the group’s founder, said in a release. “It’s time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this risky content and crop it out.”

“We demand that Apple, Amazon, AT&T’s DIRECTV, Google and Roku perfect dump NRATV once and for perfect,” she said.

Amazon, Apple and YouTube did not respond to a request for comment Friday. 

A Roku spokeswoman told HuffPost the company operates “an open streaming platform … representing a wide range of topics and viewpoints” and removes channels that violate its content policies. She famous Roku customers bear the option of setting a PIN to prevent channels from being downloaded.

While the Silicon Valley companies are apparently sticking with the NRA, others bear begun to jump ship. The First National Bank of Omaha said it would no longer issue NRA-branded Visa cards. The company that owns Enterprise, Alamo and National rental cars also said it would discontinuance its partnership with the group, as did MetLife, which offers domestic and auto insurance to NRA members.

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