“Guns don’t magically appear in the hands of shooters,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams during his Sept. 14 address to the National Press Club.
He thinks one way to combat the epidemic of gun violence is for the media to name and blame gun maker CEOs and their marketing enablers.
Just as the media exposure of the Sackler family of Purdue Pharma contributed to the settlement of opioids, Adams wants the media to pay attention to those responsible for gun violence.
“It’s a travesty that we know the places where our citizens were murdered, but not the names of the CEOs who approved the commercialization of the weapons that were used to kill them,” Adams said, according to remarks prepared by the mayor.
He named names:
“People like Marty Daniel, CEO of Daniel Defense, the makers of the weapon used to kill at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
“Ron Cohen, chairman and CEO of Sig Sauer, maker of the weapons used to kill 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and 60 people at a music festival in Las Vegas.
“Christopher Killoy, President and CEO of Sturm, Ruger & Company, makers of the weapon used by the killer who murdered 26 people at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
“And Mark Smith, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, makers of the gun used to kill July 4 parade goers in Highland Park, Illinois.”
The mayor also put the communication company on notice.
He wants Americans “to learn the names of every company and agency that has been paid to shamelessly market guns, promote the ‘tactical lifestyle,’ or mislead the public.” They must be called and held accountable.
ANA targets the “purification of objectives”. Association of National Advertisers CEO Bob Liodice warns that as more brands and companies declare themselves “determined”, there is growing cynicism among stakeholders about inauthentic attempts to appear socially and ethically conscious.
He cites a survey by Razorfish and Vice Media that found that only 43% of consumers think brands are fulfilling their mission.
And in “today’s call culture,” a backlash is inevitable.
The ANA has developed six principles to avoid “purpose-washing”.
The media has missed the mark on child poverty. The United States has reduced child poverty by 59% since 1993. The decline has occurred in every state and among white, black, Hispanic and Asian children living with one or two parents.
David Leonhardt, who writes the New York Times’ The “This Morning” news bulletin calls the downward trend in child poverty one of the biggest unreported stories of recent times.
He blames the media’s “bad news bias” for the lack of attention. “Journalists and academic experts are often more comfortable reporting negative developments than positive ones,” he wrote. “We fear being jaded or Pollyannaish when we report good news.”
Joe Biden wants the media to get away with it.
It’s just business. The offices of King Charles and the Queen Consort move to Buckingham Palace following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
This means that up to 100 staff at Clarence House, the residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, could be made redundant.
Many of them, including members of the communications team, have faithfully served the oldest monarch-in-waiting for years.
And the kicker: They received notifications of redundancies during the September 12 service of thanksgiving for the Queen held at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
A union official described the timing of the notifications as “heartless”.
It was definitely a bad public relations move.