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Corporate censorship: Duck Dynasty, Paula Dean and other media personalities (10 items)

By and , Deseret News

Jan. 9, 2014

Media personalities have been caught in the crosshairs of controversy a lot lately.

Most recently, MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry was put on the hot seat for hosting a segment of her show that included disparaging remarks aimed at one of Mitt Romney's grandchildren.

While the prospect of any significant punishment for Perry seems unlikely, many of her colleagues in the media have not been so lucky.

We've compiled a list of 10 media personalities that were on the receiving end of corporate ire for things they either said or wrote.

Did we leave anyone out? Let us know in the comments.

1 of 10. Phil Robertson

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the southern family made famous in A&E's popular show "Duck Dynasty," found himself in hot water with the company after he made controversial comments about homosexuality and race that clashed with A&E's views. He briefly landed himself on hiatus from the show on Dec. 18. Due to increasing pressure from fans, Robertson's suspension was rescinded later that month.

2 of 10. Paula Deen

Popular southern cook Paula Deen landed in hot water in 2013 after reports came out that she had used racial slurs to describe black employees. Paula's show on the Food Network soon found itself shutdown after the network refused to renew her contract amidst a media frenzy.

3 of 10. Alec Baldwin

In November of 2013, Alec Baldwin found his new show on MSNBC, "Up Late With Alec Baldwin," cancelled after only five episodes after the actor allegedly used homophobic slurs against a member of the paparazzi.

4 of 10. Martin Bashir

After Sarah Palin made comments comparing the federal debt to slavery, MSNBC news anchor Martin Bashir made the claim that if anyone deserved an unusually harsh form of slave punishment, it was Palin herself. He resigned on December 4, two days after being suspended by MSNBC.

5 of 10. Don Imus

When, in 2007, nationally syndicated radio personality Don Imus used disparaging racial terminology to describe the Rutgers University female basketball team, the public outcry eventually lead to his suspension from the show, and the eventual cancellation of his program by CBS.
1. GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA,
Jan. 10, 2014

I find Rush Limbaugh the most interesting. This guy is a real phenomenon. He must go out of his way to generate controversy. He called the Pope a Marxist Communist a couple of weeks ago, and that didn't even raise eyebrows. I think that's because most people have become desensitized somewhat to his controversial rhetoric due to the sheer volume of it. When Rush realizes that Jesus is a Liberal, I wonder if he's going to condemn Christianity as a Religio-Marxist cult or some such nonsense.

2. IsaacsTM
Huntingtown, MD,
Jan. 10, 2014

Jesus is a Liberal? Jesus advocated forcibly taking money from people's pockets so that he could popular by helping the poor?? Jesus is a tea-party type conservative. He would leave the area of a march clean rather than a mess. He advocates voluntary donations to charitable organizations to help the poor. He advocates that you yourself help the poor and not sluff the responsibility off on a government bureaucrat. He never advocated big government. You might be referring to more of a classical liberal - but today's Liberals are not like Jesus - far from it when you really analyze the policies.

3. J-TX
Allen, TX,
Jan. 10, 2014

Where do you get that Jesus is a Liberal?

Just because he upset the Judaic status quo does not mean he would back abortion and gay marriage.

Jesus is a compassionate conservative.
-Love the sinner, abhor the sin.
-Give alms anonymously (Everyone knows that Conservatives give more to charity than Liberals)
-Keep the commandments
-Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's

About the only claim Liberals have to Jesus' rhetoric is that of turning the other cheek, though that is only an anti-military stance among the Liberals, not put into practice in their personal lives. They are the FIRST to take offence and crucify someone for something they say or do that is not PC.....


4. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 10, 2014

Jesus a liberal?

I just can't see Jesus ending the life of a baby because he didn't want to have to deal with it. And I don't remember Jesus ever forcibly taking money from one person to give to another, he taught voluntarily donations to the poor, which many studies show conservatives already do better.

5. mohokat
Ogden, UT,
Jan. 10, 2014


Maybe you should be censored. Rush Limbaugh did not say the Pope was a Marxist or a Communist. What Rush said was "This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. Unfettered capitalism? That doesn't exist anywhere. Unfettered capitalism is a liberal socialist phrase to describe the United States. Unfettered, unregulated."