Congratulations to Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report. With no ado, on Dec.18, 2013, Matt Drudge, the political headline genius of the Drudge Report, hit 100 tweets on his Twitter account. Drudge used tweet 99 and 100 to spotlight the controversy surrounding the patriarch of "Duck Dynasty," Phil Robertson, who was suspended by the A&E Network following his recent comments on homosexuality. Read: "'Duck Dynasty': Piers Morgan struggles to keep Phil Robertson story alive."
If Drudge even noticed that he was hitting the milestone of 100 tweets, he couldn't have chosen a topic more politically memorable. Elections 2014 are upon us and Christian members of the Tea Party will push back against gay marriage versus Christian rights. Plus, Robertson's suspension is already trending on Twitter pitting the rights of free speech against a culture which many resent as increasingly more and more "politically correct."
Tweet 99: MATT DRUDGE @DRUDGE "DEAD 'DUCK': Will WALMART pull all the merchandise? Will AMAZON halt sales on CD? Robertson was ticking timebomb, giving too many interviews
Tweet 100: MATT DRUDGE @DRUDGE ROASTED 'DUCK': Will there be a backlash against the backlash?
Because The Drudge Report is headlining the pile-on by gay groups against Robertson, some folks seem to think Drudge is the source trying to put the "nasty" into the "dynasty" of the Robertson family. "The obviously gay Matt Drudge posts the obnoxious headline "ROASTED 'DUCK' LEADER FIRED AFTER GAY RANT" Drudge should come out already, " tweeted Michael @CoolChange80. adding, "Matt Drudge is gay and that is why he is distorting what Phil Robertson said, @CLEguru @DRUDGE_REPORT."
In Drudge's defense, his headlines are providing a means for those interested to keep abreast of the updates in the Robertson kerfuffle; he only provides links and headlines so it's silly to say he is distorting facts. Michael's views are not a true reflection of the backlash from "Duck Dynasty" supporters who feel that a socialist purge of censorship is impacting our government and societal climate in which corporations follow lockstep with Hollywood and liberals efforts to silence Christians.
They are outraged at what they feel is infringement of Robertson's constitutional right to freely express his opinion. Already the hashtag, "#StandWithPhil" is surging with Twitter supporters vowing to rush out and buy duck calls or send jars of vaseline to the A&E Network in protest of Robertson's suspension.
Politically, Sarah Palin quickly came to Robertson's defense on her FaceBook page. She wrote, “Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, home to the Robertson family, released a statement:
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended,
Many Robertson supporters may find it prophetic that for Drudge tweet 95, Matt tweeted a quote from an American author, Caroline Myss, "Often the choice you make doesn't matter as much as the agenda in your heart." Arguably, by spotlighting this story on his Drudge Report and questioning what comes next on Twitter, Matt is merely harkening back to the controversy that almost, if not literally, wiped out Paula Deen earlier this year when both Walmart and Amazon dropped Paula Deen products.
If the major corporations blacklist the products of the "Duck Dynasty" family as this controversy progresses, Matt is right to wonder if there will be a "backlash against the backlash." Ironically, perhaps Drudge, merely the messenger, should be prepared to "duck."
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