The dinosaur media are alive and well but they ain't what they used to be. Why, oh why, do Republicans line up for the Sunday morning network pillories? Ten years ago, the Networks were the only game in town. No more. Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and private websites change everything. Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz can reach millions without the assistance of David Gregory or Bob Schieffer or George Bilderberg. Why even sit with the president's lackeys?
Why did Phil Robertson even give GQ the time of day? Yes, we have freedom of religion but only if your religion is sanctioned by the media elite. You actually believe Holy Scripture? Thou art suspended.
Of course I want to side with Phil Robertson in expressing his religious opinion even though I personally disagree with some of his religious opinions. But Phil Robertson is not exactly a victim. A&E needs the Mighty Ducks more than the Mighty Ducks need A&E. If push comes to shove, this might be the best thing that ever happened to the Robertson Family. If it was a dynasty before, I don't know what we will call Robertsons 2.0.
So what are the lessons?
1. The media elite would be wise to choose their battles. They are bullies and they had best stick to attacking defenseless targets. If you have a glass jaw...
2. It is no longer necessary to curry favor with the media elite.
3. If one should seek favor with the media elite, bypass GQ.
4. Principles still mean something and people respect principled people. If the Robertson Family stick to their guns, they will do just fine.