GLAAD: 'A&E Has Chosen Profits Over African American and Gay People'

It's certainly not surprising that the folks at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation weren't pleased with A&E's decision to return Phil Robertson to Duck Dynasty next year..

It was however sad that in their official statement Friday, GLAAD felt the need to misrepresent Robertson's words:

"Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists," the organization said in a statement. "If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers."

Did Robertson praise Jim Crow laws or compare gay people to terrorists?

Hardly:

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. 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.” [...]

As far as Phil is concerned, he was literally born again. Old Phil—the guy with the booze and the pills—died a long time ago, and New Phil sees no need to apologize for him: “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

As you can see, Robertson didn't say a word about Jim Crow laws during his GQ interview, and didn't compare gay people to terrorists.

As such, much as Jesse Jackson did Friday, GLAAD was misrepresenting Robertson's remarks.

What is it about liberals that makes it almost imperative for them to put words in other people's mouths in order to advance their agenda?

Does the truth really have to be bent for leftists to further their cause?

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.