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December 28, 2013 - 6:51 am
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The A&E Network announced that Phil Robertson, who was suspended for remarks made about gays and blacks in a GQ interview, will rejoin his family in filming the hit reality show Duck Dynasty.

The network’s walkback of their original decision to suspend Robertson indefinitely was due to a massive backlash against A&E by conservatives, who saw Robertson being muzzled for his religious beliefs.

The network’s statement on Robertson’s reinstatement could easily have been written the day after the story broke. The fact that it wasn’t represents a strategic error in judgment by network executives who apparently feared a gay backlash more than they cared what ordinary people — who make up the bulk of Duck Dynasty’s audience — thought about what Robertson said.

An online petition to bring Mr. Robertson back to the show garnered nearly 250,000 signatures while a Facebook page in support of the Robertson family patriarch received 1.5 million likes. Numbers like this make television networks sit up and take notice.

Politico reports:

In its statement, A&E said: “While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

“But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

“So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”

The network’s ratings suffered after news of Robertson’s suspension, averaging 1.51 million prime time viewers from Dec. 16-22, down 13 percent from the same week in 2012. The show is often one of the most-watched cable programs, with its recent Christmas special grabbing 8.9 million viewers.

The Robertson family had released a statement saying it was “in discussions with A&E to see what (the suspension) means for the future of” the program, fueling speculation that A&E’s top show could get canceled or leave for another network.

Robertson, 67, of West Monroe, La., whose invention of a new type of duck call launched the family business, has not addressed the controversy beyond the statement he issued last week:

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Very inspiring stuff, this whole Duckly kerfuffle...very Martin Lutherish.

Phil Robertson testified to his Faith, and there he stood, able to do no other.

Meanwhile, the People of The Lie yammered and howled and twisted themselves into all manner of contortions over his simple testimony.

In the end, Phil Robertson was right where he began, piddling about his daily life without a care in the world, and all of his enemies are undone, wearing sack-cloth and ashes and bewailing their ruin.

Is it just me or does Phil kinda give off a John Brown kinda vibe,(only without the murderous craziness)?
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Well, whaddaya know?? The lavender mafia CAN be defeated! Now let's ALL start standing the hell up to the rest of the subversive left!!
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I would love to see Phil and the Robertson's go after TMZ and Harvey Levin for libel. They've got the bucks to stage a massive lawsuit against the drum-beaters of faux outrage. TMZ was a major instigator in both drumming Alec Baldwin and Paula Deen out of their gigs. While I'm not too concerned about the state of Mr. Baldwin's bank account or mental health, these lynch purveyors have reached the point where they need to be reined in a little. I think it might be remarkable how a little lawsuit for a billion dollars might focus Mr. Levin's attention on Constitutional issues such as freedom of speech and the right to bear arms.
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I hope Jess Jackson and his shakedown squad - I mean, coalition was turned away too.
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GLAAD is not happy happy happy! Lololol
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Radical homosexual control freaks ,get owned! Lololol
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The guy gave what seems to have been an honest opinion about black farm workers and now he should dialogue with some random black person?

If I'm robbed by a black person does a random black person need to apologize to me? No. That's political correctness. Each identity is assigned a good or bad morality forever and then treated like a single immortal person. Unfortunately I am never right, never have been right and never will be right.

Black folks are claiming those black farmers seemed content because they were scared to speak out. Wouldn't Robertson, actually from the place, know that? What's the point: that Robertson was retro-lying about 1958 to protect the reputation of 1958?

So Robertson retro-lied about 1958 and must meet with a random black person. Does that random black person have to have been born prior to 1958? How will this random black person be chosen - by lottery? Can they be half black? How do black people sign up for this "Rehabilitate Robertson Meet and Greet and Get an Autograph?"

If GLAAD is a single immortal I think they are crazy - forever. GLAAD needs to meet with me for destroying marriage and for Ru Paul.
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I think I must stand up for A&E on one thing: they air a true crime reality show called "The First 48", which I've been watching for years. A&E through the years has taken a lot of heat because most of the perps apprehended on the program are black, a few are Hispanic, and once in a while you'll get a white bad guy. In other words, the people that the program shows as being both victims and bad guys are racially statistically correct.

I like watching the show because it demonstrates over and over and over that these entities simply don't know what they don't know. It also demonstrates that as the bad guys mature, they get used to bluffing their way out of trouble by intimidation or pleas for special treatment, so when they finally get to the point years later of being booked for homicide, for some reason they think all they have to do to get out of it is to call everyone "sir", and say "I promise I wasn't there".

A&E has taken heat both from the black victimhood practitioners and from the cities featured on the show. For example, Miami announced it didn't want to play any more unless A&E would "donate" $10,000 per episode. But it's a popular show and as far as I can see it hasn't changed its format to affirmatively include more asian, white or brown perps when those are not the entities killing their neighbors.
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Very inspiring stuff, this whole Duckly kerfuffle...very Martin Lutherish.

Phil Robertson testified to his Faith, and there he stood, able to do no other.

Meanwhile, the People of The Lie yammered and howled and twisted themselves into all manner of contortions over his simple testimony.

In the end, Phil Robertson was right where he began, piddling about his daily life without a care in the world, and all of his enemies are undone, wearing sack-cloth and ashes and bewailing their ruin.

Is it just me or does Phil kinda give off a John Brown kinda vibe,(only without the murderous craziness)?
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And the bottom line?

Well - that would be *the bottom line*. I am so surprised!!!


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This might make A&E immune to future "progressive" nonsense.
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I doubt it - they aren't that smart when it comes to social issues - but they might take the time to pause and think things through next time. And that time will come sooner or later - someone from a small but vocal group will look to squash...

I would love to see Cair get their tit in a wringer like GLAAD did on this one.


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Well, whaddaya know?? The lavender mafia CAN be defeated! Now let's ALL start standing the hell up to the rest of the subversive left!!
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The winners in this story are A&E, a private corporation owned by Hearst, Disney and ABC.

Received wisdom is that these companies, like other elements of the dreaded "MSM", are part of an international cultural conspiracy to dismantle all America holds to be true and dear. They are, in fact, simply businesses whose goal is to generate as much revenue for their shareholders through advertising and product sales.

Their initial suspension of Phil Robertson wasn't an ideological statement; it was a business decision intended to preempt criticism and potential boycott, and maintain sponsorships. Their decision to rescind the suspension was likewise a simple business decision, and a sound one: given the nature of the program's audience, it's less likely they'd lose viewers (and thus advertising revenues) for censuring Robertson than for reinstating him.

They retain their original audience, they attract a large one-time tranche of new viewers curious to see what the fuss is about, and ratings spike. Plus a new conservative saint is born to occupy the niche once held by Joe the Plumber.
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--- The winners in this story are A&E, a private corporation owned by Hearst, Disney and ABC.

Right. They have normal Americans incensed at them. They have the super-pushy leftist gay bloc even madder at them. And they have the rest of America asking: who are these nutty executives? HUGE win. Obviously.
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Huge win? You betcha. See, they sell eyeballs to advertisers. That's what they do. They don't care whether or not you're "mad" or "incensed". This ridiculous controversy has handed them several million dollars worth of free advertising and merch sales.
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Perhaps the A&E ratings will rebound, who knows? But business criteria do not provide an appropriate scale to measure the significance of this row. This was a particularly noteworthy exchange in the prosecution of the a lengthy cultural war, which is only warming up, since the days of Joe the plumber and the birth of the Tea Party. Phil Robertson's frankness of speech had two important repercussions: One, the bullying behavior of a bunch of lefty zealots such as GLAAD was exposed for all to see; Two, the cowardly behavior of some corporate "leaders" was exposed. Evidently, A&E is not particularly apt at dealing with bullies. If you do not push back, you lose! Why? because you are just one more of the cowards who did not push back before you also capitulated.

The characters of the play were symbolized with grate clarity: Phil Robertson, the guy unafraid of his opinions, basically, the quintessential American, the one the left is afraid of, at the gut level. Then, GLAAD, the cultural terrorists trying to prevail the only way they know, simple as that! Then, A&E and its gutless "executives", Then the grassroots, the cavalry in this case ! Sometimes, watching the Obama train wreck, one wonders if the electorate is condemned to only become a cohort of sheep singing and dancing on the way to the slaughterhouse, or something more substantial and dignified? We are about to find out, and this episode has been revealing about what the order of battle happens to be at this juncture. The business angle is not settled, yet: Some day, we may find Phil Robertson directing a video-on-demand empire.
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