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Shooting at the Wrong Ducks

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Supporters of Duck Dynasty star and Robertson family patriarch Phil Robertson began inundating the A&E Television Network and its CEO Nancy Dubuc with protests as soon as it was announced the network was firing Phil for his Christian witness regarding homosexuality, human behavior and sin.

We here at CHQ were at the forefront of the protests, however, it turns out we – and Phil Robertson’s millions of other fans and supporters – may have been shooting at the wrong ducks when we directed our protests at A&E and Nancy Dubuc. 

As a Wall Street savvy friend of mine noted, A&E is not a publicly traded company. A&E is a joint venture of Disney and Hearst Corp. and thus it is not subject to the same pressures that Cracker Barrel was when it quickly retracted its decision to pull Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty branded merchandise from its shelves. 

This would be the same Disney Company of which shareholder Justin Danhof, speaking on behalf of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, said “Liberal bias pervades Disney’s media outlets.” 

Mediaite’s Meenal Vamburkar also quotes Danof saying that from a shareholder’s perspective the bias harms the company’s image and decreases “revenue potential.” In support of his argument Danof cited a Gallup poll that showed 40 percent of Americans identify as “conservative,” compared to 35 percent as “moderate” and 21 percent “liberal.”

This would also be the same Disney Company that rates as one of the most “gay friendly” companies in America and also encourages the annual “gay days” at its Orlando, Florida Walt Disney World that have become notorious for their outrageous public displays of homoerotic behavior.

Describing “gay days” at Disney World, Pete Werner, founder of DIS Unplugged, and a self-professed “42-year-old gay man living in Orlando,” said:

“Over the years I have heard about, and have witnessed, what is commonly referred to as PDA (public displays of affection) during gay days, and almost always it’s done in full view of a family, or at least children. I don’t care if you’re straight or gay, there are some things kids don’t need to see – and trust me, two queens frenching outside Cinderella castle is really high on that list.

I can’t help but think of, and feel sorry for – the unsuspecting family who saved for years for a once in a lifetime trip – only to arrive and find that Disney had in fact, been invaded by he-women and shaved down muscle boys. By itself that would not be a problem, but the sheer number of people who seem to go out of their way to rub their sexuality in everyone’s face during this ‘event’ is nothing short of disgraceful.” 

Hearst is likewise a major promoter of the radical homosexual agenda. However, in the case of Hearst it is not by catering to homosexual “culture” as customers, but actually bending the news in the company’s news outlets to promote radical homosexual goals, such as making same-sex “marriage” legal.

Hearst is a major contributor and supporter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). Our friends at WorldNetDaily described the NLGJA this way: “It is...a group that has bent so far toward changing the newsroom culture that the big debate in San Francisco was whether journalists should even bother getting other points of view on homosexuals' issues and stories.

Did you catch that? What was on the table at the NLGJA conference was the question of whether “allowing” those with differing viewpoints on homosexuality and homosexual rights activists to have their voices heard is worth it!

According to Accuracy in Media and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth, NLGJA “boasts over 1,300 journalists embedded in the nation’s leading newspapers, television and radio stations, and new media” and has announced that it is monitoring the “new generation of journalists” to make sure they toe the line to scrub the news media of any coverage unfavorable to the radical homosexual political and cultural agenda.

Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid pointed out, Phil Robertson has not been afraid to stand up for his faith and has been outspoken about the way Christians are depicted in the media.

Alluding to attempts by A&E producers to eliminate references to their Christian faith on the air, Robertson said, “You gotta remember it’s spiritual warfare. I mean, you’ve got people with no moral compass.”

We suggest that the lack of moral compass and anti-Christian bias Phil Robertson was talking about is not limited to A&E Television Networks LLC and the company’s CEO Nancy Dubuc, but includes her corporate masters at Disney and Hearst as well.

Losing A&E's hottest property is bound to hurt the profits of both Hearst and Disney.

Maybe it is time conservatives started hunting where the ducks are and let Disney and Hearst know that by throwing away 9 million viewers, and cable TV’s hottest entertainment franchise, they are letting their liberal bias dilute shareholder value and that by running their companies according to the aims of the radical homosexual political agenda, instead of the cultural and religious values of their audience, they are failing in their fiduciary duty to give their investors the maximum return on their investment.

We've added Steven R. Swartz, president and chief operating officer of Hearst Corporation and Robert A. "Bob" Iger Chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company to our petition. We hope you will click here to sign and let them know you stand with Phil Robertson, and it would not just be the right thing to do, but a good business decision, to stop discriminating against Christians.

Also, HERE is a list of Duck Dynasty advertisers. We ask you to encourage them to stay only as long a Phil Robertson stays with the show.

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