Worst religion story of the year? AP trashes Phil Robertson

Sigh…no context, just a quick Associated Press gotcha blurb.  Yep, that reader’s email to GetReligion pretty much sums up an atrocious, 135-word piece of AP “journalism” on Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame. The headline: New anti-gay remarks by ‘Duck Dynasty’ star emerge The lede: NEW YORK (AP) — A&E has declined to comment on [Read More...]

The Big D’s sex-loving, millionaire megapastor

Would a major network such as A&E really consider a reality series featuring a millionaire evangelical family? No, I’m not talking about THAT family. Before “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson became the subject of a gazillion tweets, Facebook posts and news stories this week, The Dallas Morning News ran a 5,000-word feature on a Texas megachurch’s [Read More...]

Duck czar: World-class sinner who has been there, done that

A long, long time ago — pre-World Wide Web — I wrote a column for the Scripps Howard News Service (RIP) and The Rocky Mountain News (RIP) that tried to explain why a very charismatic evangelical leader of national renown insisted on saying that homosexual acts were sinful. The leader was University of Colorado head [Read More...]

Pondering duck doctrines and our bubble-bound media elite

Let’s see. Where should we begin on this oh-so-bizarre morning? What will it be, Pope Francis, Santa Claus or Duck Dynasty? Pope Francis, Santa Claus or Duck Dynasty? As my favorite French History professor at Baylor University used to say, with a world-weary and exasperated sigh: “What a world.” First, let me offer a few [Read More...]

Duck, duck, ghost: Media miss faith angle on ‘Duck Dynasty’

Do you speak duck? Last Wednesday night, the Season 3 premiere of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” delivered 8.6 million viewers, beating Fox’s “American Idol” and ABC’s “Modern Family” in the important 18- to 49-year-olds demographic. In a featured titled “Faith, family and ducks,” I profiled the Robertson family for The Christian Chronicle this past fall: WEST MONROE, La. [Read More...]


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