During Monday's edition of New Day, CNN's Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans gleefully reported that several companies have severed their ties with the National Rifle Association in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida earlier this month.
The NRA has become the boogie man of the left following the mass shooting despite the fact that many other factors bear a much higher proportion of the blame for the tragedy in Parkland such as the school resource officer failing to act when he first heard shots fired, the school’s security camera’s operation on a 20-minute tape delay and the failure of the FBI and local law enforcement to respond to multiple complaints about the shooter.
Romans gave a partial list of the companies who have decided to halt doing business with the NRA. The list includes Symantec, Met-Life and several rental car agencies including Enterprise, Budget, National and Hertz. In addition, Delta and United Airlines have ended their discounted flights for NRA members. Romans highlighted a poll finding that 83 percent of consumers feel that “it’s most important to buy from companies that ‘do the right thing.’”
The reporter also enthusiastically praised corporate America for becoming involved in politics, hailing companies for “taking a stand on climate change, immigration” and “gay rights", saying that the decisions of these companies were “good for business.” Notice how all of those particular causes fall on the left end of the political spectrum. Romans failed to mention that right-leaning organizations have organized similar boycotts against companies for their support of abortion giant Planned Parenthood. CNN might not share the same enthusiasm for companies who take a stand in favor of conservative policy positions. Would that also fall into the category of “good for business?”
Closing the segment, Romans pointed out that the actions of these companies may spark a counter-boycott from NRA members. The NRA released a statement condemning the decisions of these businesses, warning that “these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined to commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.”
Many people hoped that the tragedy in Parkland would result in a more united America, much like what happened after the 9/11 terror attacks. This particular segment on CNN as well as last week’s extremely hostile town hall prove that the liberal media are not interested in unity.
CNN New Day
ALISYN CAMEROTA: It’s time for “CNN Money” now. Corporate America is entering the national gun debate as we’ve been discussing. Some companies are cutting ties with the NRA. Chief Correspondent Christine Romans is at the magic wall to explain all of this to us.
CHRISTINE ROMANS: Hi guys. Well, a growing number of companies are breaking up with the NRA because their customers are demanding it. They’re using social media to express their outrage. Now, they’re not targeting weapons makers; they’re targeting companies that offer discounts to NRA members. And for some, the pressure is working. Symantec, Met-Life, multiple car rental agencies all ending their relationship with the NRA. This one is one of the first here. First National Bank of Omaha, it tweeted that customer feedback caused it to cancel an NRA credit card. No more will they offer that. The latest, also Delta, United Airlines, both of them coming out and saying that they are ending their discounted flights for NRA members and they asked the gun lobby to remove their information from its website. The NRA calling this a shameful display of political and civic cowardice, adding that these brands will be replaced by others who want customers that value Constitutional freedoms but these companies are responding to their consumers, you guys. For years, corporate America stayed away from, you know, politically charged issues like gun violence but now companies are taking a stand on climate change, immigration, gay rights and that’s actually good for business. According to a recent poll, the most important thing for consumers is to buy from companies that do the right thing. Although Chris, there are others on social media now who have taken the opposite approach. You know, who are saying, thank you for the list of companies that I am going to boycott because they don’t support my Second Amendment rights.
CHRIS CUOMO: You know, it’s a fair point. We’ll have to see where the momentum plays out here. The polls show one thing but there are people online saying that the NRA is going to have more members than ever.