E! Network on Duck Dynasty

Well, now that A&E has reinstated the Big Duck, Phil Robertson, and are committed to another season of Duck Dynasty, they are now spinning like one of the Obama administration’s spinmeisters. We’ve already discussed the A&E statement that is a steaming pile of stinky poopie to anyone with an acquaintance with the facts of the story and even a moderate respect for the truth.

A&E is calling in all their flacks to promote the idea that they got something more than the ability to keep their silly little network afloat by “letting Phil back in”.

Our favorite part of this story is the public service announcements that A&E will produce promoting unity, tolerance, and acceptance among all people.

They don’t say, although they certainly insinuate, that the Duck Dynasty team will take part in shooting the PSAs. The bigger question is how many of those PSAs will encourage tolerance and acceptance of people with religious values like the Duck clan. They certainly have been on the receiving end of incredibly intolerant language from the political left.

We’ll find out what A&E thinks of tolerance, personally, we doubt the lesson will be instructive for us.

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  • LiberalNightmare

    What is the world coming to when a special interest group that represents 2% of america cant force an avowed christian to shutup in public?

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  • jim_m

    I would say that the left feels butthurt about this, but that sort of thing makes them GLAAD.

  • ackwired

    The most brilliant marketing move of 2013 continues to bear fruit as extremists on the left and right continue to give the show free publicity. You have to hand it to A&E and the Robertsons. They have played this stunt perfectly.

    • jim_m

      So the fact that your ideological friends got a slap down is therefore proof that there was some vast right wing conspiracy?

      I suggest getting counseling.

      • Nah, let it proceed to comittment.

      • ackwired

        It has nothing to do with left or right.

    • Jwb10001

      I don’t really care much one way or the other on this both sides are entitled to their opinions neither is entitled to a national audience. But I keep hearing about this brilliant marketing plan but see zero evidence of this plan. I see a network that has completely misjudged the audience of one of it’s biggest shows looking like idiots trying to save their asses. But I suppose it’s possible they all sat down and worked out this as the best alterative to promot a show that was already one of, if not their biggest draw.

      • ackwired

        I don’t have any more proof that it was a publicity stunt than others do that it was not. But I think the facts point to my conclusion. Corporations such as A&E are required to place shareholder value ahead of any political or ideological consideration. Their “suspension” of Robertson was never permanent, and was revoked as soon as the free publicity strted to taper off. They received a monumental volume of free publicity for their show and their network as a result of this move. Robertson frequently preaches in churches and feel strongly about his religious beliefs. I therefore assume he is a man of integrity. What would make him knowingly violate his contract with A&E by making these comments during an interview with a competitor. The only explanation that I can see is that he and A&E had an agreement.

        • jim_m

          How did his remarks violate his contract? Robertson has no contract with A&E he only has a contract with Gurney Productions which produces the show. Gurney then sells the finished show to A&E. All A&E could do was to pressure Gurney to not use him in future production.

          So again: How does Robertson violate a contract with someone that he has no contract with?

          • ackwired

            I don’t believe that Phil has said that his contract is not with A&E or explained the contract situation. A right-wing publication has quoted someone from “The Bachelorette” saying that his contract was with Gurney and he therefore assumed that Phil’s was also. A&E is reported to have told the Ducks from the start that expression of their anti-gay views would be considered a breach. Unless Phil talks about it we will not know his motivation. He has not said that he did not consider it a breach nor has he said that he was testing A&E’s position tht it was a breach. I believe him to be a man of integrity who does not lie. That being the case I think that the most consistent explanation of his actions and statements is that he was part of the publicity stunt.