Everything else takes the bus.
The back of the bus.
A+E lifts Phil Robertson’s "Duck Dynasty" suspensionPhil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch who was suspended from the series last week over controversial comments he made about gay people, has been reinstated on his family's reality series....
Virtually every report you may read about this will have some version of this "controversial comments he made about gay people" sentence in the lede:
CNN: ..."incendiary remarks about homosexuality"Fox: "...comments he made about homosexuality."The Washington Post: "...despite his comments about gay immorality."The New York Times (paragraph four): "...after comments he made about gay people in a magazine interview."ABC News: "...where he made anti-gay comments..."USA Today: "...he made anti-gay statements, which he said reflected his religious beliefs."Politico: "...over inflammatory remarks about gay people."
But if you read all the way to the bottom -- waaaay down by the "Bible Money Code" and "Local Resident's Plastic Surgery Weight Loss Secret the Energy Companies Don't Want You To Know About!" ads -- there is about a one in seven chance that might you also encounter this little tidbit as well:
Obviously, as 25 years of Rush Limbaugh has demonstrated, you can haul the poo-flingingest, bigoted loudmouth out of the dankest wingnut watering hole in America and stick a microphone in front of him, and nothing he says or does -- no matter how offensive or untrue -- will earn him more than token slap on the wrist just as long as he can generate ad revenue and hold an audience."Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field ... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word! Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
So nothing new there.
What is mildly interesting is the curve on which those wrist-slaps are graded.