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December 27, 2013
I came across The Sun's editorial regarding "Duck Dynasty" while searching the Internet to sign Mike Huckabee's petition supporting Phil Robertson ("Ruffling feathers,  Dec. 23). I grew up near Baltimore, am an independent, went to prestigious universities in the East and am a Phi Beta Kappa. I think your editorial basically blew it. You missed the most important thing going on here - the attempt of the politically correct police like Piers Morgan to suppress speech and opinions that disagree with their views.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 5, 2014
Fair warning: This is about the "Duck Dynasty" controversy. Yes, I know. I'm sick of it, too. Still, relying upon my First Amendment right to freedom of speech, I will make a few observations about Phil Robertson, the grizzled Louisiana duck hunter turned reality TV star whose comments about black and gay people recently got him suspended -- and then unsuspended -- by A&E. If you find my observations disagreeable you may, relying upon your own...
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | December 23, 2013
Under Armour may not want to talk about "Duck Dynasty," but fans of the now controversial reality show took to the Baltimore-based company's social media accounts this weekend to praise Under Armour for sticking by the embattled franchise. Other than a brief statement condeming star Phil Robertson's comments, representatives from Under Armour have not responded to multiple requests for comment.  Interviewed in GQ magazine, Robertson called homosexuality a sin and said African Americans were "happy" in the pre-civil-rights era south.
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By Jonah Goldberg | December 30, 2013
Normally at this time of year, the culture-war fight is over a guy with a white beard. That's true again this year. What's different is that Phil Robertson has taken Santa's place, and instead of a war on Christmas, we have a war on "Duck Dynasty. " The patriarch of the popular A&E reality show said some crude things about homosexuals to GQ magazine. A&E was sufficiently offended that it suspended him from a show about his own family. So far, the controversy understandably has been framed as a fight over free speech.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | 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.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | December 20, 2013
Baltimore-based sports apparel maker Under Armour is keeping its ties to the "Duck Dynasty" franchise amid a media uproar over comments made by star Phil Robertson about gays and blacks. While the company says it does not condone Robertson's statements, Under Armour does not have plans to end its business dealings with the Robertson family. "The recent comments in the GQ article are not reflective of Under Armour's beliefs and do not represent our point of view," the company said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | December 27, 2013
Some "Duck Dynasty" fans have taken to Facebook to create "Chick-Phil-A Day" to support the controversial star Phil Robertson. The page already has more 20,000 likes and has been featured on the conservative website The Blaze. According to the Facebook page, Chick-Phil-A Day is set for January 21 where fans are encouraged to eat at Chick-Fil-A restaurants in "camo or Duck Commander gear. " Interviewed in GQ magazine this month, Robertson called homosexuality a sin and said African Americans were "happy" in the pre-civil-rights era south.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
The outrage industry was in high dudgeon just before Christmas over remarks "Duck Dynasty" family patriarch, Phil Robertson, made to GQ magazine about homosexuality. Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy. Let's go down the "I Take Offense" checklist and make sure all the boxes were "ticked" before considering a larger point. -- Liberal New York writer goes slumming among the hayseeds in Louisiana and deliberately creates a controversy by asking a Bible-loving Christian to define sin. Check.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | December 23, 2013
So rednecks need to be politically correct now? Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don't mean "redneck" as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich informing people they "might be a redneck. " (Some clues: if your school fight song was "Dueling Banjos;" if you've ever raked leaves in your kitchen; if your boat hasn't left your driveway for 15 years; if birds are attracted to your beard, etc.)
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | December 30, 2013
Normally at this time of year, the culture-war fight is over a guy with a white beard. That's true again this year. What's different is that Phil Robertson has taken Santa's place, and instead of a war on Christmas, we have a war on "Duck Dynasty. " The patriarch of the popular A&E reality show said some crude things about homosexuals to GQ magazine. A&E was sufficiently offended that it suspended him from a show about his own family. So far, the controversy understandably has been framed as a fight over free speech.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
The outrage industry was in high dudgeon just before Christmas over remarks "Duck Dynasty" family patriarch, Phil Robertson, made to GQ magazine about homosexuality. Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy. Let's go down the "I Take Offense" checklist and make sure all the boxes were "ticked" before considering a larger point. -- Liberal New York writer goes slumming among the hayseeds in Louisiana and deliberately creates a controversy by asking a Bible-loving Christian to define sin. Check.
NEWS
December 27, 2013
I came across The Sun's editorial regarding "Duck Dynasty" while searching the Internet to sign Mike Huckabee's petition supporting Phil Robertson ("Ruffling feathers,  Dec. 23). I grew up near Baltimore, am an independent, went to prestigious universities in the East and am a Phi Beta Kappa. I think your editorial basically blew it. You missed the most important thing going on here - the attempt of the politically correct police like Piers Morgan to suppress speech and opinions that disagree with their views.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
A minor anniversary passed without notice a week ago. It was on December 20, 2005, that the first You Don't Say  post was published.  Some of you have been on hand for the full eight years, showing a remarkable tolerance for the number of times I repeat myself, and many of you have arrived lately. All of the posts at the original site , from December 2005 to February 2012, can still be read there. There is the exception of the April 2009-May2010 [cough] hiatus [cough]
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
One of the shortest and most meaningless suspensions in TV history ended Friday with A&E announcing that it was back in business with "Duck Dynasty" and its 67-year-old, bearded patriarch Phil Robertson. The announcement was a total cave-in by a cable channel in the face of a defiant Robertson and the members of his Louisiana clan. The cable channel had put Robertson on "hiatus" Dec. 18 after he was quoted in a GQ article comparing homosexuality to bestiality while making other ignorant and insulting comments about gay identity and sexuality.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | December 27, 2013
Some "Duck Dynasty" fans have taken to Facebook to create "Chick-Phil-A Day" to support the controversial star Phil Robertson. The page already has more 20,000 likes and has been featured on the conservative website The Blaze. According to the Facebook page, Chick-Phil-A Day is set for January 21 where fans are encouraged to eat at Chick-Fil-A restaurants in "camo or Duck Commander gear. " Interviewed in GQ magazine this month, Robertson called homosexuality a sin and said African Americans were "happy" in the pre-civil-rights era south.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
One of the shortest and most meaningless suspensions in TV history ended Friday with A&E announcing that it was back in business with "Duck Dynasty" and its 67-year-old, bearded patriarch Phil Robertson. The announcement was a total cave-in by a cable channel in the face of a defiant Robertson and the members of his Louisiana clan. The cable channel had put Robertson on "hiatus" Dec. 18 after he was quoted in a GQ article comparing homosexuality to bestiality while making other ignorant and insulting comments about gay identity and sexuality.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Every once in a while, a media kerfuffle arrives that succeeds in elevating some banal stupidity to unimaginable heights of urgency and importance. At the center of the frenzy is usually some basic cable TV program of questionable artistic merit but produced by people with a well-developed skill at self-promotion and touching the cultural zeitgeist. About an hour ago, it was either singer Miley Cyrus or tabloid queen Kim Kardashian and her family having their 15 minutes of fame saying or doing something outrageous.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Every once in a while, a media kerfuffle arrives that succeeds in elevating some banal stupidity to unimaginable heights of urgency and importance. At the center of the frenzy is usually some basic cable TV program of questionable artistic merit but produced by people with a well-developed skill at self-promotion and touching the cultural zeitgeist. About an hour ago, it was either singer Miley Cyrus or tabloid queen Kim Kardashian and her family having their 15 minutes of fame saying or doing something outrageous.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | December 23, 2013
So rednecks need to be politically correct now? Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don't mean "redneck" as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich informing people they "might be a redneck. " (Some clues: if your school fight song was "Dueling Banjos;" if you've ever raked leaves in your kitchen; if your boat hasn't left your driveway for 15 years; if birds are attracted to your beard, etc.)
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