The Brett Kimberlin Saga:

Follow this link to my BLOCKBUSTER STORY of how Brett Kimberlin, a convicted terrorist and perjurer, attempted to frame me for a crime, and then got me arrested for blogging when I exposed that misconduct to the world. That sounds like an incredible claim, but I provide primary documents and video evidence proving that he did this. And if you are moved by this story to provide a little help to myself and other victims of Mr. Kimberlin’s intimidation, such as Robert Stacy McCain, you can donate at the PayPal buttons on the right. And I thank everyone who has done so, and will do so.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Phil Robertson Unsuspended

Or “A&E Discovers Money is Green”


Via Twitchy we hear the good news: A&E has reversed the suspension of Phil Robertson.

So I write about the subject and... Phil Robertson gets unsuspended.  Cause and effect, folks... cause and effect.

More seriously, here is the full A&E statement:

As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s home and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principals.

That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the mis-interpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article, and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family… a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

So after discussions with the Robertson family,...

Let me break in, and add “and after the Robertson family told them that they wouldn’t do the show without Phil.”*

...as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company, and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

So they will band-aid the problem by having lots of PSAs about tolerating the people that our cash cow calls sinners.  At least they aren’t doing anything as lame as forcing Phil to go through “sensitivity training.”

Let’s not kid ourselves.  This was as pure a business decision as one can imagine.  Maybe, maybe, the initial decision to suspend was honest.  But the ratings that the show enjoyed made it very difficult to justify killing this golden goose.  I mean it was downright hypocritical for A&E to suspend Phil while running a Duck Dynasty marathon.  And A&E probably realized they faced the threat of a wider boycott.  So free speech in defense of free speech wins one.

Not a victory for the First Amendment, mind you.  But free speech is larger than the First Amendment.

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* Of course they didn't quite explicitly say that in public, but public statements that they couldn't imagine doing the show without him suggests that this was the ultimatum that they laid down.  But it is technically speculation.

A reasonable reader might also wonder if the rest of the Robertson clan was threatening to break their contract.  But they might not have been.  For instance, it was long rumored that at one point during the run of the show Friends, that the cast went on “strike” seeking higher pay.  They didn’t stop filming the show, but they intentionally did a very bad job of it, the rumor goes, saying each line in a monotone.  That would arguably be a violation of their contracts, too, but it would be a much more difficult matter to prove.  For the Robertsons it might be even easier to be monotone without violating their contract, so maybe they were threatening that, too.  But as noted, this is speculation, albeit educated speculation.

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My wife and I have lost our jobs due to the harassment of convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including an attempt to get us killed and to frame me for a crime carrying a sentence of up to ten years.  I know that claim sounds fantastic, but if you read starting here, you will see absolute proof of these claims using documentary and video evidence.  If you would like to help in the fight to hold Mr. Kimberlin accountable, please hit the donation link on the right.  And thank you.

Follow me at Twitter @aaronworthing, mostly for snark and site updates.  And you can purchase my book (or borrow it for free if you have Amazon Prime), Archangel: A Novel of Alternate, Recent History here.  And you can read a little more about my novel, here.

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Disclaimer:

I have accused some people, particularly Brett Kimberlin, of reprehensible conduct.  In some cases, the conduct is even criminal.  In all cases, the only justice I want is through the appropriate legal process—such as the criminal justice system.  I do not want to see vigilante violence against any person or any threat of such violence.  This kind of conduct is not only morally wrong, but it is counter-productive.

In the particular case of Brett Kimberlin, I do not want you to even contact him.  Do not call him.  Do not write him a letter.  Do not write him an email.  Do not text-message him.  Do not engage in any kind of directed communication.  I say this in part because under Maryland law, that can quickly become harassment and I don’t want that to happen to him.

And for that matter, don’t go on his property.  Don’t sneak around and try to photograph him.  Frankly try not to even be within his field of vision.  Your behavior could quickly cross the line into harassment in that way too (not to mention trespass and other concerns).

And do not contact his organizations, either.  And most of all, leave his family alone.

The only exception to all that is that if you are reporting on this, there is of course nothing wrong with contacting him for things like his official response to any stories you might report.  And even then if he tells you to stop contacting him, obey that request.  That this is a key element in making out a harassment claim under Maryland law—that a person asks you to stop and you refuse.


And let me say something else.  In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe that any person supporting me has done any of the above.  But if any of you have, stop it, and if you haven’t don’t start.

2 comments:

  1. http://edge3.politicususa.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Hate-Speech-is-Not-Free-Speech-1.jpg

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  2. You link to a meme that says that somehow hate speech is not free speech. The Supreme Court disagrees with you. Thank God.

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