A&E is flooding damage control with lies about Phil Robertson

As you know, Phil Robertson the patriarch of Duck Dynasty created a stir with his quote in Gentlemen’s Quarterly. Actually, it’s the fact that his statement about homosexuals and homosexuality were taken wholly out of context by the media that created the storm. You’ll be shocked to know that they’ve made no effort to correct the problem THEY created.

Now they they’re faced with a HUGE backlash, A&E is now feeding the same major media with stories that are designed to further tarnish Phil and the Dynasty family.

Check the headline from Friday’s Los Angeles Times.

‘Duck Dynasty’: A&E warned Phil Robertson about speaking out too much

In the best Barack Obama fashion, A&E is pointing a finger and screaming at Phil. While they weren’t caught completely by surprise by Phil’s position on homosexuality they were absolutely caught off guard because they thought their contract had him under their thumb. They’ve been wronged, they’re the victim here.

The scandal has turned into the kind of tempest network executives feared all along. A&E knew of Robertson’s controversial views – expounded in videotaped sermons and elsewhere – before the show premiered in spring 2012, and warned him not to overshare on hot-button topics such as gay rights and race relations, according to a producer familiar with the situation.

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In a statement earlier this week, A&E said it was “extremely disappointed” to read the GQ interview.

The Times report goes on at length in the best of Progressive blah, blah, blah. What the story avoids is the truth.

Your Curmudgeon found the truth that the intrepid, professional reporters and their editors at the LA Times couldn’t seem to turn up.

Well, well, well, what do you know… it turns out the network had a publicist in the room with Phil Robertson when he gave much of his fateful interview to GQ magazine. And yet, no attempt at damage control was made, either during or after the interview.That’s a bit curious, isn’t it? The network didn’t do diddly-squat to stand up for the star of its top show. His comments have been widely distorted and misquoted, but A&E hasn’t lifted a finger to make it clear precisely what he said…

  • A&E had a publicist in the room at GQ and heard what Phil said;
  • A&E has not insisted that the media focus on the context of what Phil said;
  • A&E made no effort to work with GQ to edit the interview before publication if they actually had a problem with it;
  • A&E has done exactly nothing to promote the context of Phil’s statement;
  • A&E has suspended Phil and put the continuation of Duck Dynasty at their network in jeopardy.

Here’s the actual context of Phil’s interview with GQ that nobody in the major media – or A&E – is bothering to report.

The general outline of any devout Christian’s answer to questions about the morality of homosexuality is not difficult to anticipate. Robertson didn’t use particularly aggressive language. He encouraged no hatred or animosity. On the contrary, in one of the suspiciously less well-known passages of the interview, he talks about the Christian duty to love the sinful:

“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.

Phil Robertson13 - 1223 - Phil RobertsonYou can read the whole GQ story HERE. You’ll find not one word of hate or fear unless you’re willing – as are A&E, GLAAD, and the rest of the victim’s lobbies – to manufacture it.

The Curmudgeon doesn’t do conspiracies, they never stand the test of facts. We don’t consider the goings on with A&E and the Ducks to be a “conspiracy”, honestly we’re not sure what to make of it.

Other that the fact that A&E and the major media are peddling lies. Of course that’s their normal day’s work so we have a problem blaming them for just doing what they do.

We’re also very sure that the Ducks will make out just fine. So far only Cracker Barrel has dropped them from their merchandising at their restaurants, but that lasted less than a day and the Ducks are back with bells on. There are at least two cable channels that want them and there will certainly be more.

The Curmudgeon Channel will make a place for them in our lineup. Of course, we’ll have to start a channel but if the Ducks want to sign with us.


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Posted by on December 23, 2013.
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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    Very interesting. It’s not a surprise that the whole story is a bit different than A&E was putting out.

    “Robertson didn’t use particularly aggressive language. He encouraged no hatred or animosity.”

    Unless you use the current PC attitude that merely disagreeing with their points of view is a sign of frothing hate and animosity that must be shouted down.

    Problem is – it doesn’t seem to be working. The sympathy isn’t with GLAAD or A&E – it’s with the Robertson family.

    • Commander_Chico

      I still think this is a scripted publicity stunt. A&E just happens to be running DD marathons now, right?

      Phil said they would bleep out words in dialogue even though there was no obscenity. Spice things up.

      The beards are also reportedly a recent affectation – they were all clean-shaven suburban guys not too long ago, before TV.

      • Retired military

        So you don’t think that A&E and Robertson are having a spirited debate? You know about debates don’t you Chico?

        “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

        How about practising what you preach Chico.

        1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
        policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)
        Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

        2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

        3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        Pay me a couple of million, and I’ll grow my beard down to my navel. (Assuming it’d grow that far, of course…)

      • ackwired

        I think you are on to something, Chico. I think this is the most brilliant marketing move of 2013. A&E has gotten more publicity for their show by simply suspending Phil Robertson for a while than they could have bought for $1 billion. When all of this foolishness dies down, they can simply ‘give in” to the anti-gays and resume filming. In the meantime they have a whole new audience for their show as new people tune in to find out what all of the controversy is about. I don’t know if Robertson was complicit or not. But he certainly knew what was in his contract, and this flap certainly has not harmed him.

      • ackwired

        I think you are on to something, Chico. I think this is the most brilliant marketing move of 2013. A&E has gotten more publicity for their show by simply suspending Phil Robertson for a while than they could have bought for $1 billion. When all of this foolishness dies down, they can simply ‘give in” to the anti-gays and resume filming. In the meantime they have a whole new audience for their show as new people tune in to find out what all of the controversy is about. I don’t know if Robertson was complicit or not. But he certainly knew what was in his contract, and this flap certainly has not harmed him.

  • Hank_M

    Based on the article here, I’m not sure A&E is fueling lies about Phil.

    Looks more like the LA Times, a left wing rag if ever there was one , is trying to capitalize on the controversy.

    For example, their key source is “a producer familiar with the situation”. Then they write about moral clauses and write: “Phil and other family members also probably signed contracts containing “morals clauses”…. Finally the LA Times admits that
    “Neither of two A&E spokespersons responded to three emails requesting comment Friday”.

    This seems to me to be yet another dishonest hit piece by the LA Times devoid of facts, named sources and of course, any sense of integrity. In other words, a highly respected newspaper liberals love to read.

    • jim_m

      “Morals clauses”? How like the left to claim that actually having morals is a violation of a morals clause.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Idle time, idle minds. That said, it pretty much goes without saying the left will do everything and anything alternately to obfuscate, spin or simply misreport what this Robertson fellow said. For the simple and manifest reasons that what he said strikes very painful nerves over in Leftville. You don’t have to be theologian to know how organized religion views homosexuality. And you don’t have to be a biologist to understand that if a man is faced with the sexual choice of another man’s arse and a vagina, well, duh, obviously the latter makes a lot more sense. Keep in mind that as recently as the early-1970′s being gay medically was considered to be and treated as a severe mental disorder. And by now it should go without saying that leftism itself is a separate, acute mental disorder. Moral of the story: the gay left — a fractional micro demographic in terms of the populace, but grossly disproportionately represented in media/broadcast circles — is not exactly all that sentient or rational. QED.

  • Retired military

    A&E has every right to fire Robertson. They don’t have a right to lie, slander , etc. Not saying they are just saying they don’t have a right to do so.
    And fans of the show have every right to make their displeasure with A&E’s decision known to A&E.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Its clear from the commentary and coverage, that most people haven’t actually read the interview in question.

    At no point does Phil discuss homosexuals directly, beyond his stated desire to love everyone and let God sort it out.

    As far as the “courseness” of his opinion, he never uses any language that wouldn’t be appropriate in a doctors office or an interview with Dr Ruth.

  • jim_m
    • Paul Hooson

      Ha ha! Great one Jim!