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Media Research Center's Gainor: A&E 'Never Comfortable' With 'Duck Dynasty'

By Bill Hoffmann   |  

The A&E cable network has always been a little nervous over its hit show "Duck Dynasty," whose star was suspended this week for homophobic remarks, according to Dan Gainor, vice president for Business and Culture at the Media Research Center.

"They bought into a show they were never comfortable with," Gainor told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Remember, TV used to like country people … rural people, whether it was 'Hee Haw' or 'Beverly Hillbillies' or whatever. And now we've moved into an era of 'Honey Boo Boo' and 'Buckwild' … shows are designed to make fun of people," he said.

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"That's what they thought they had with this, and they got the opposite. Instead of making fun of people, the people in the show were making fun of them, and everybody who flocked to the show was a supporter of traditional faith, traditional family, and patriotism."

This week, the show's star, born-again Christian Phil Robertson, was suspended by the network for controversial remarks he made to GQ magazine.

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men," Robertson said.

Paraphrasing the New Testament, Robertson added: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won't inherit the kingdom of God."

Gainor told Malzberg: "A lot of people understand we've moved into an era where if you're Christian, you're subject to basically being discriminated against in the workforce.

"Just this week we saw the Oregon baker who was told by a judge, 'if you don't bake a cake for a gay wedding, you could go to jail.'"

"That's the era we've moved into, and a lot of Americans suddenly realize when you can't even talk about your faith, not even on camera, but for an interview or with your friends or at your workplace, then that has got to change."

Gainor believes left-wing groups constantly push for more boundaries that quash free speech.

"No media outlet or business could ever satisfy the far left. We've gone from an era where the left claimed they wanted tolerance for gays and the right responded, 'well, you get tolerance, but not acceptance,'" he said.

"Then the left has tried to mandate acceptance and while the right's resisted, we've gone completely to another world. They're not trying to mandate celebration. You either are fully on, you must be pro-gay, activist wearing the rainbow colors, or we're going to target you."

Gainor's group, the Media Research Center, calls itself "the nation's premier media watchdog," whose "sole mission is to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media."

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