Friday, December 27, 2013

For A&E, it's duck and cover: Phil back on

It was only a matter of time. A&E has backpedaled on the "Duck Dynasty" controversy, announcing late today that Phil Robertson is again part of the show.

Breitbart News' Christian Toto rightly credits the New Media with a stunning victory.
Phil Robertson can go back to work thanks, in part, to New Media outlets which rallied to the reality star's side.

A&E announced it will resume filming Duck Dynasty, along with family patriarch Phil Robertson, in the spring. [...]

The network quickly suspended Robertson while media outlets misrepresented his comments in standard, pile-on fashion. That wasn't a match for the show's rabid fan base, which signed online petitions en masse to get Robertson back on the air, showed their love for him via Facebook, and plotted an appreciation day for their hirsute hero.

Breitbart News ran more than 35 stories related to the suspension since the news hit Dec. 19.
Forget whether you agree with Robertson's views about homosexuality or not; that was never my point. As this episode reaches its inevitable end, it'd be hard to find a more stark reminder that the rules in the media world are changing, much to the chagrin of the old media monopoly.

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