SHOT Show is almost upon us! And it is another year that I could not make it and probably won’t till they bring it back to Orlando.
So what is the buzz this year? A New version of the Taurus Judge? Ruger’s Cooper Scout Carbine? Some newfagled piston AR in 300 Blackout? Coonan’s 1911 in .357 magnum? Nope. Actually is one person: Paul Helinski of GunsAmerica.
Mr. Helinski disapproves that Gun Bloggers should attend the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor trade show. Apparently Gun Blooggers are icky, smell bad and are not “official” media according to him as he posted in the SHOT Show Blog:
Now the question is when you are going to start qualifying internet media? We have to crawl over nobodies who can install wordpress and have nobody reading anything they write,It isn’t so hard to qualify internet media using Alexa.com and Compete.com. Why do you waste the manufacturers’ time and make the real internet media have to deal with wish I were internet journalists who are just using your stamp of approve to solicit review guns and accessories? You’ve created this giant gorilla in the room and we all have to deal with it, and you may think the industry takes your numbers seriously, but everyone sees things for what they are. If you are serious about bringing value to your exhibitors, you need to vet the press list.
Mr. Helinski obviously has not grasped the importance of blogging or Social Media for that matter. It is the old Word Of Mouth at War Speed and on steroids. To ignore it is simply stupid, to badmouth it is seppuku with a plastic knife. Much to his disgrace, several well known gun bloggers caught the post, responded as expected and the word is now out there hurting his business.
Not happy with shooting himself on the foot, he took careful aim at the other and pulled the trigger once again.
Even the print mags have been marginalized by the “bloggers,”
Will it be because most gun mags have become nothing more than Gun Porn depending on the advertising of manufacturers ? Very few will even dare to print a negative review of anything in fear they will lose revenue.
I am thinking that by tomorrow in the afternoon Mr. Helinski will be rethinking the virtue behind the phrase “Closed Mouth Gathers No Foot.” I did leave a comment in the post which I know share with you:
I seem to recall that one of those bloggers you seem to dislike took down Dan Rather and gave a nasty black eye to 60 Minutes.
A couple of unocouth bloggers (like those you don’t think should breathe the same air as you) uncovered certain government practice of illegally walking guns into Mexico and now there is a major scandal in the making threatening to topple the Department of Justice which, incidentally is trying to put you out of business.
It might behoove you to treat this dirty masses with a tad of more respect.