Why A&E shamelessly caved on 'Duck Dynasty'

Channel backed down in face of Phil Robertson defiance

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

7:21 AM EST, December 30, 2013


It was one of the shortest and most meaningless suspensions in the history of television.

So, why did A&E bow down to Phil Robertson and his Louisiana clan so shamelessly, after his ignorant and insulting comments about gays and African-Americans?

Howie Kurtz, host of "Media Buzz," and I tackled that question Sunday on Kurtz's Fox News media review show.

Here's the video. Check it out and let me know what you think.

And, what Robertson said is neither a free speech issue nor irrefutably sanctioned by The Bible.