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In a statement released about the incident A&E stated that "we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals." Yet they had gone on a kneejerk impulsive attack against Phil Robertson immediately following an interview knowing full well what kind of good man he really is and knowing full well the context of what he was saying in the interview. A&E knew full well that Phil wasn't speaking hatefully, yet fired away at him anyway. That is not integrity. So what they describe as their "integrity" and their "principals" [sic] is just their intolerant shallow kneejerk scrambling to the feet of the zeitgeist asking if it was in any way insulted by this insolent Christian. What "principles" is A&E committed to? The radical left wing agenda? They state that "We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold." So what "views" do they hold? Are they staunch supporters of gay marriage? What "principles" do they believe? Why must they even claim to believe in anything? Are they a religious organization? An organization that is entirely dependent on its world views on American domestic politics? An organization that feels like it must believe a certain way in order for it to succeed? They add in their statement that "We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance". Why? Why must they feel compelled to use their entertaining industry to take sides on a social agenda? They aren't a Church or a political party, but they think they are.
Apparently A&E is an organization that feels it must cling to a belief system and to an agenda instead of just presenting us a show. Besides, aren't reality shows supposed to show a new take on life? Reality shows provide their audiences a view outside of the norm. They are a look into the lives of different people, who interact and see the world in a different light in order for the audience to gain a new perspective. If Phil Robertson and his family had just tried to be like everybody else, carrying along all the same views as the rest of the country, they would have never caught the attention of A&E in the first place. For A&E to stab Phil Robertson in the back in an impulsive manner because they believe Phil betrayed their social agenda, and then bring him back when it became apparent that their show would fail, is nothing more than despicable.