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As a society are we heading in the same direction as the ancient Romans? If so the question becomes.......

Are our leaders fiddling while civilization burns?

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Could the medias double standard be any more apparent?

Most of us have been following the recent Phil Robertson/ Duck Dynasty saga to some degree or another. I view it as not much more than a flash in the pan, a couple of weeks or months down the road I suspect it will be off the front pages, no longer a topic of conversation at the water cooler, and the Robertson's will have reaped millions in free publicity. What I do find interesting is the increasing frequency that the traditional media and special interest groups target their focus on certain individuals, while giving others who behave no better a free pass.

Take Phils's recent comments, they were made in an interview with GQ magazine in response to his religious beliefs. In discussing homosexuality he referred to it as sinful and likened it to, drunkenness, bestiality, promiscuity, and terrorism (his words, not mine). I have to admit I personally don't see the connection to any of these behaviors and I find the comment "off the wall" to say the least, but Phil is certainly entitled to his opinions. He further elaborated that he thought being gay was “illogical” by questioning in anatomical terms a homosexuals preference for particular parts of the human body over others.

Now let's face it, this was by no definition an interview that should be given a gold seal for tolerance and understanding, nor one I would suggest my offspring watch. It is simply an individuals personal opinion based on their own interpretation of their religious beliefs. At no point did the man go into a hate filled tirade, or suggest any action be taken against those he was referring to. To my knowledge no one is forced to accept these comments as gospel nor watch the television show in question.

However, now we have a witch hunt with many of the more Liberal leaning and special interest groups screaming for Phil's head. A&E, the network that broadcasts Duck Dynasty has made what they consider a politically correct move and catered to the LGBT crowd by indefinitely suspending Phil from Duck Dynasty.

Funny though, Phil's comments are in many ways no worse than what comes out of the mouths of other celebrities or politicians on a daily basis, yet often if the individual is of the Democrat persuasion or a minority they are given a free pass.

"I said this for my own, you know, community in the South – there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”
Oprah Winfrey, BBC Interview November 2013, Ironically the very generation she refers to makes up a large portion of her audience. and devoted fans. Oddly she never made this type of comment on her own talk show or her network, (bad for ratings I suspect). Point of interest, this is the same woman who has a virtually open invitation to the Whitehouse and was recently awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama

“I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the movie, How great is that?”
Jamie Foxx, Discussing his role in Django Unchained,SNL December 2012. Jamie was awarded the Best Actor award for this role by BET (Black Entertainment Television).

"Says the woman who drove out Martin Bashir... "
Piers Morgan, December 2013, On Twitter in reference to a comment Sarah Palin made regarding free speech. Martin Bashirs offense for which MSNBC parted company with him was insisting that someone should defecate and urinate in the former vice presidential candidate’s mouth.

"He is a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Referring to Barrack Obama and his 2007 Presidential nomination. Interestingly enough some Liberal bloggers believe that this comment portrays Harry as a "colourful" individual and simply makes him more "lovable"

“Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion,”
Sean Penn, March 2013, On the death of Hugo Chavez Venezuelan President (Dictator) whose campaign slogan was “Motherland, socialism or death”

So, it appears that there are definitely two standards of what is politically correct based on what side of the political arena you sit on. The reality is that Phil Robertson is an easy target for the Left, a good old boy that has built a television career off portraying himself as a simple god fearing "redneck", he might as well have painted a bullseye on his back for the Left and Liberal special interest groups.

On a last note, it is interesting that A&E is owned by the Disney corporation, the same group that gave us Miley Cyrus and Growing Up Gotti. I guess that Phil simply does not meet their previously established high standards for socially responsible programing.


  1. Too funny, good article. Those on the left tend to think of themselves above political correctness.

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  3. Double standard, indeed. Hilarious, ironic, sad but very true.

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