On a segment on MSNBC on Tuesday, former Newt Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler was asked for his thoughts on the backlash mounting against Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson after he made inflammatory comments about gays in an interview with GQ magazine. He was asked if Robertson’s defenders, like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who admitted recently she had not even read the comments, said something about the state of American politics.
Tyler replied that A&E’s decision to suspend Robertson was only as knee-jerked as MSNBC’s decision to fire a series of on-air personalities recently after they made insensitive comments, all of whom also had defenders issuing excuses for their comments.
“It’s sort of stunning she came out in such a strong way to defend the Duck Dynasty star and then admitted that she hasn’t even read it,” observed fill-in anchor Kristen Welker. “Is this a statement about Sarah Palin or a statement about the state of our politics that you have Sarah Palin and others jumping on an defending something they might not fully understand.”
“Yes, you’ve got to go back and read the original comments,” Tyler conceded. “Phil Robertson has a right to say what he wants to say. A&E has a right to fire him.”
“By the way, MSNBC fired three people I can think of just recently all who said things on the air that MSNBC fired them for,” Tyler continued. “And I support MSNBC’s right to do that, and the market can decide.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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