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

Los Angeles Times, by Scott Collins

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/21/2013 1:55:58 PM

Anyone looking at the "Duck Dynasty" uproar may wonder why A&E didn´t warn Phil Robertson about the dangers of talking too much to reporters. But it now looks like they did. (Snip)In essence, the network was asking Phil - a man of legendary individuality, who once passed up an opportunity to sign with the NFL because it might interfere with his hunting - to be somewhat less Phil-like. But that is the kind of wobbly bargain that reality TV producers have been forced to make. If they bought the show, they were getting a volatile personality in the mix. A&E could of

I´m a big DD fan. It´s beginning to appear as if Phil Robertson decided he and his family are ready to move on. Thus, the plain-speaking Mr. Robertson provoked a controversy. I´m pretty sure it was tactical strategy, having to do with who pays off what and under which terms in the case of a shutdown of the show.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 12/21/2013 2:07:03 PM     (No. 9663376)

Since when was A&E granted the power to tell a star on their network what to say in another medium? The GQ reporter asked a question and got a truthful answer. I find it hard to believe that a small percent of a 2% slice of the population can jerk around an entire network and cause them to kill their golden goose!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/21/2013 2:08:46 PM     (No. 9663380)

It sounds as if the A&E powers to be have sent their propaganda wonks out to spread as much propaganda as possible in an effort to save face before they cave in and announce the return of Phil.
Our TV´s will never again be tuned to A&E if Phil is not reinstated.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 12/21/2013 2:13:42 PM     (No. 9663394)

DH is physician. Years ago, when docs still had the power, he was in disagreement with admin about quality of product from his dept. I walked into hosp one day, and met a supervisor from his dept. She in essence, asked me to keep him quiet. I asked her, "is he right?" She said yes, but he was irritating admin. I told her "I cannot ask him to be less than he is." Same situation here. Also, by the way, DH is Christian also.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mother of AL, 12/21/2013 2:14:59 PM     (No. 9663396)

Sorry for 2nd post. These are the docs that are leaving medicine today. The ones with standards. And morals. AND ability.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 12/21/2013 2:17:01 PM     (No. 9663401)

That article is falling off the chair funny.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/21/2013 2:17:53 PM     (No. 9663403)

In the Daily Mail/Walmart article I just posted above ... it says:

The source said: ´A&E sent a publicist for the duration of the interview, but she was not there for the ´anus v vagina´ comment. But to be honest, Phil was making similar comments throughout the interview and it´s not like he wouldn´t have said it in front of her.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 12/21/2013 2:19:32 PM     (No. 9663407)

We warned him about his beliefs!

How nice.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: harper, 12/21/2013 2:21:47 PM     (No. 9663411)

Unlike, say, Choom, if Phil Robertson was asked a direct question he would always give a direct and truthful answer. And, I´ll bet his educational and citizenship records are no mystery, either.

Are there two more diametrically opposite people than these two? It´s almost like the old Hollywood black hat - white hat thing has become man sized.

I LOL when I read that Choom claims to watch DD "on AF1." Remember the famous picture of Choom "shooting" a shotgun? The one where he is holding it like a girlyman holds a hot chocolate?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NancyD, 12/21/2013 2:26:34 PM     (No. 9663422)

A&E is in CYA mode. There is no way Phil would "be careful" about sounding off about his faith. Only an idiot would believe that for one second.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/21/2013 2:47:03 PM     (No. 9663449)

So, if I understand this correctly, when you sign a contract with A&E you give up your rights to free speech and the free exercise of your religion.

Is that right?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ocjim, 12/21/2013 3:01:05 PM     (No. 9663467)

A&E didn´t want reality TV. They wanted to pick and choose the parts of real people that they considered ´´acceptable´´ to the various minority tyrannies of 21st century America, and stifle the ´´unacceptable´´ parts. A cynical and dishonest deal on the face of it. Phil Robertson and his clan need to get away from these duplicitous A&E coastal clowns immediately and move onto more honest and less cowardly production pastures. Perhaps their own production company if they can find the right and good people.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/21/2013 3:14:33 PM     (No. 9663493)

Notice that Phil Robertson is at fault for voicing his opinion and quoting Scripture, Robertson´s fans and Gov. Jindal "touched off the latest skirmish in the culture war" for supporting Phil´s right to free speech as equal to that of the politically correct crowd.

Phil didn´t provoke this controversy. He didn´t say anything any different from what he has been preaching for years.
The Left is in the process of moving their homosexual agenda forward and they printed this old interview at this particular time and pressured A&E to fire Phil because they thought it would help things along. A&E fell quickly into line and now they have themselves in a quandry, because it backfired - big time.

Phil and other family members also probably signed contracts containing "morals clauses" in which they promised to, among other things, avoid anything that would embarrass or bring shame to A&E or the brand.

Lord help us, and help these poor ignorant souls who cannot see that Phil Robertson isn´t the one with the moral problem, and that A&E is the one who embarrassed itself and brought shame to A&E and the brand by championing immorality instead of supporting Phil Robertson´s right to speak his Christian beliefs.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 12/21/2013 3:16:26 PM     (No. 9663496)

If they bought the show, they were getting a volatile personality in the mix.

Phil Robertson´s personality seems calm, self-assured, and pretty much on an even keel to me. The volatility seems to be from the Left. Phil Robertson came into that show as a Christian. He hasn´t changed.

A&E could of course have walked away - but that would have meant passing over a potential TV phenomenon, which is what the Robertsons became.

$ound$ kinda like that greed Phil was warning about, hunh? But, the proof that the success belongs to the Robertsons is that they did not allow themselves to become the dumbed-down, network controlled, backwoods dunces that A&E had hoped to produce.

For some time, Phil Robertson held up his end of the speak-no-evil bargain. But that´s over now, obviously.

I doubt that Phil made any bargain that would prevent him from teaching the gospel of Christ, since he is an elder in the White´s Ferry Road church of Christ - nor do I believe that he would think the gospel of Christ to be evil, as some on the left obviously do.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TexasAllTheWay, 12/21/2013 3:20:55 PM     (No. 9663498)

From the article, "questioned the need for the civil-rights movement" - gee, I don´t recall reading that...the libs sure like to put their spin on things.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/21/2013 3:32:27 PM     (No. 9663510)

Magazines like GQ work months ahead. For instance, Harvey Levinson of TMZ said the interview for this article was done in September, and in the arrangement Robertsons have with A&E there is no way whatsoever that producers of Duck Dynasty didn´t know what Phil said.

I think this whole thing is a publicity stunt on the part of A&E...to cya with their liberal, gay, lesbian audience when the magazine hit the stands.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/21/2013 3:40:42 PM     (No. 9663514)

Did MSNBC warn Martin Bashir, or Al Sharpton from speaking out too much? I didn´t think so.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: StuartL, 12/21/2013 3:42:40 PM     (No. 9663519)

This little kerfuffle is an object lesson in the usefulness of having enough money to tell the idiots to go straight to Hades.

And in why the idiots, and their elected co-conspirators, are so hellbent on preventing as many people as possible from joining that prosperous class.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 12/21/2013 4:19:24 PM     (No. 9663557)

It´s easy for the homosexual culture to create such demands because it also seems that over half of the 2.7 involved belong to the media and so called entertainment world . Of course the US congress and exe branch havea share of that percentage too.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: T-Bubba, 12/21/2013 4:19:43 PM     (No. 9663559)

Resist we much!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hotrod, 12/21/2013 5:11:10 PM     (No. 9663605)

Well, well. A&E has stated that they are advocates for the gays and lesbies. Too bad they are not advocates for ALL people- including Christians!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: kono, 12/21/2013 5:46:20 PM     (No. 9663642)

Has A&E (or any other liberal network) ever warned Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, or other in-our-face-lefties about speaking out too much?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Muguy, 12/21/2013 5:48:29 PM     (No. 9663644)

I guess my viewing choices are geting fewer and fewer--after the Paula Deen inquisition. gave up on them.

I think the A&E people were trying to denigrate southern people and make fun of the "backward" hayseeds and rubes....

Obviously, there were many who liked the message the Robertsons lived... and they had someone who agreed with them.

Just like the people trying to minimize Rush Limbaugh over the Sandra Fluk wanting the US taxpayers to pay for her promiscuity...

Its an obvious attempt to try to silence anyone standing up for Judeo-Christian values by trying to ruin them in the media.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: flatwater, 12/21/2013 6:40:02 PM     (No. 9663684)

"Shut up," they explained.

(Stop praying in the name of Jesus, stop going public about our insertion of needless bleeps when you are NOT using profanity, stop being popular with the public, you people were supposed to be punchlines, not celebrities, etc., etc.)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: CEP, 12/21/2013 7:13:53 PM     (No. 9663718)

Volatile personality? I haven´t seen anything volatile about him on Duck Dynasty, he has his opinions, he expresses his opinions and loves his family and his Lord very much. Since when is having conversations, expressing opinions and being an individual volatile? Explain that to me Scott Collins and the LA Times?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Chief1942, 12/21/2013 7:16:10 PM     (No. 9663723)

A&E and Cracker Barrel are businesses focused on the bottom line. They surely must have a suicide desire to alienate the majority here. GLBTs for all their screaming and attention getting are a very small minority within the general population and there "buying power" pales to insignificant when compared to the rest he population. I would imagine the Chief Financial Officers at these two corporations must be pulling their hair out at the moment. A&E of course is somewhat protected from too much backlash being shielded within the Cable Networks "bundling" of programs. But Cracker barrel is fully exposed and will feel the results of their transparent attempt at fence riding in this dustup. Want to get their attention? Hit them in the pocket book!!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: ArtieC, 12/21/2013 9:05:53 PM     (No. 9663825)

What is volatile about Phil´s personality? I´ve never seen him explode. All I´ve ever seen is Phil calmly and directly speaking his mind. Volatile? Cant see it.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: ArtieC, 12/21/2013 9:07:59 PM     (No. 9663828)

One more thing. I read the GQ interview. Phil was ASKED his thoughts on sin by the girly man who wrote the article. I dont think it was a matter of Phil wanting to move on. If that were the case, based on what I know of Phil, based on his own words in his book, that´s what he would have done, no explanation necessary.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/21/2013 9:41:01 PM     (No. 9663861)

No word about the lecture they delivered to Miley whatshername for her highly inappropriate performance on National tv.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: dr fate, 12/21/2013 10:12:29 PM     (No. 9663888)

Does anyone here really believe that a network called "Arts and Entertainment" would be kindly disposed to heterosexuals aka normal people?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: patriot in texas, 12/22/2013 2:53:51 AM     (No. 9663991)

What ever happened to "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?". By the way do not ask the question if you don´t want the answer. We stand with Christ and Christians.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Grace1798, 12/22/2013 4:03:47 AM     (No. 9664005)

The COMMIES hate GOD AND ANYONE WHO LOVES GOD! So get rid of them.......don´t make any money for them! Call GLENN BECK...go on his programming! Let´s make money for Conservatives so we can all fight the good fight instead of making the Communists wealthy to damn us.

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

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