Media Matters For America has a good summary of the social and Conservative media blowback sparked by Jay Leno’s decision to cancel out of a commitment with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The former Tonight Show host was set to MC a dinner in late January as part of the group’s annual SHOT convention in Las Vegas.
The NSSF stated that it looks forward to finding a replacement performer “that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.” Meanwhile, a spokesman for Leno insisted to the New York Daily News that it was a matter of clarification:
“Jay was asked to do what was positioned as a sportsman show, and when he found out it was a pro-gun lobby show, he cancelled,” Bruce Bobbins said. “There was no money involved at this point, and if there was any, he would return it.”
Earlier in the day, Erica Lafferty, the youngest daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung, said it was “out of touch” for Leno to headline the big bucks dinner for the Newtown, Connecticut-based organization.
About the only voice missing at press time is that of Ted Nugent. As noted by MMFA researcher Timothy Johnson, NRA radio-TV host Cam Edwards accused Leno via Twitter of being “a coward.”
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