The CMAs Tried to Restrict Press Coverage But Brad Paisley Called Them Out

CMA host BRAD PAISLEY called out the Country Music Association because they put limits on what the press could focus on at Wednesday’s show.  He wasn’t the only one speaking out, but as one of the co-hosts for the past decade his words had to carry a lot of weight.

This started on Thursday when the CMAs sent out a 15-page manual of media guidelines to the press.  It included a warning about the type of questions they could ask on the red carpet and backstage.  Here’s the part that got everyone’s attention.

“Please refrain from focusing your coverage on the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations, or topics of the like.  [If] you stray from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort.”

On Friday, Brad Tweeted:  “I’m sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines.”

Soon after Brad’s tweet, the CMAs lifted the restriction AND sent an apology to the press.

Quote:  “CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted.  The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music.”

Brad, of course, gave them props.