NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Country Music Association is apologizing after trying to impose media restrictions on questions about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun rights or political affiliations at their awards show next Wednesday.
A statement from the CMA on Friday says the restrictions on topics in their media guidelines have been lifted following a backlash, including from the co-host for the awards show Brad Paisley.
Paisley tweeted Friday morning that the restrictions were "ridiculous and unfair." The association initially said in its guidelines that the restrictions were out of respect for the artists and that media who strayed from the guidelines could have their credentials "potentially revoked via security escort."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The co-host of the Country Music Association Awards Brad Paisley is calling on the organization to rescind media restrictions barring reporters from asking about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun rights or political affiliations at the awards show.
Paisley tweeted Friday morning that he's sure the CMA "will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines"
In media guidelines for Wednesday's 51st annual CMA Awards held in Nashville, Tennessee, the association said the restrictions were "out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved" and they wanted everyone "to feel comfortable talking to press." Media who strayed from the guidelines could have their credentials "potentially revoked via security escort."