Corporate censorship: Duck Dynasty, Paula Dean and other media personalities

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 11:31 p.m. MST

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.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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.

Huntingtown, MD

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.

Allen, TX

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.....


Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Ogden, UT


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."

Othello, WA

Great comments from conservative respondents this morning, and as usual, they catch a leftist lying about what Limbaugh said on his show. Where do they come up with this stuff, and how embarrassing, because its so easily verified. If I had half a penny for every lie, and out of context statement libs have told about Rush, I could retire and take my whole family on vacation for the next decade.

farmington, UT

Jesus is a tea party conservative? I think you might be reading a different Bible than the rest of the world. Luke 14:13, John 2:14,15, Matthew 19:23, Matthew 6:24, Matthew 6:6,7, all of Matthew 5.

Did Jesus "conserve" the law that existed when he was born, or did he make drastic, liberal changes to the law? Jesus certainly would have been called liberal at his time, this is why the status quo rejected him. Jesus certainly recognized the difference between man's laws and God's laws, and did not try to change the laws of man so that they matched the laws of God (as many conservatives seem to want to do).

The way Jesus said we should treat the poor is not reflected in conservative politics.
The way Jesus said we should treat sinners is not reflected in conservative politics.
The way Jesus said we should treat our neighbor is not reflected in conservative politics.
Conservative politics most closely resembles those whom Jesus chastised most while he was on earth.

Ogden, UT


And if Jesus was a liberal he would surely tell the leader of the liiberals "Though shall not bear false witness". It seem's that that leader does not know or recognize that commandment.

Way of the Warrior
Arlington, WA

Here's a radical idea: Jesus is neither a liberal or conservative, i.e., man's politics are not God's politics. What a ridiculous conversation to have on this thread.

Gilbert, AZ

I don't think Jesus would qualify as being liberal or conservative by current standards. In matter of fact, I think both modern American conservatives and liberals would be in the crowd screaming "crucify him, crucify him!"

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

Is Limbaugh still on the radio?


You missed Rob Parker who was fired (or at least not renewed) from ESPN for his comments about Robert Griffin III being a "cornball brother" and questioning whether or not he was "down with the cause."

Tony Kornheiser was reprimanded for his comments about Hannah Storm's wardrobe ("She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body").

Bob Griese was suspended for saying that Juan Pablo Montoya wass missing from NASCAR's top five drivers list because he was "out eating a taco".


Free Market.

Kearns, UT

I love how we mention one isolated incident for most of these people being reprimanded by their sponsors and networks. The reality is that the majority of these people listed have had a history of targeting and stating offensive comments about people with whom they don't agree with politically. The problem with our media is that we have forgotten how to discuss issues civilly, and we go for shock value to the point that we are so polarized on everything. If you disagree, just read the banter from the readers' comments.

Oceanside, CA

Ah, the joys of hearing the lamentations of the Right… ok… there was one 'leftist' in the bunch… But I've not watched broadcast TV regularly since the late 1960's when CBS cancelled the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, due in part for they pointed satire/criticism of the Vietnam War, Racism, and the President. (Ok… I did watch the last season of Star Trek: The Geriatric Generation…)

As for 'What would Jesus say'… I'm sure that he would applaud the current incorporation of state 'recognized' churches, just as he approved of the combination of Church and State as found in first century Judaea… didn't he? Oh, wait… didn't he call that combination a 'brood of vipers'.

As far as I can tell, Jesus did not have a high regard for those with wealth, especially wealth combined with state power. A rather 'progressive' thought at the time if not 'liberal'.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

There is no shortage of "shock jocks" out there who make their living by purposely saying things that are ... well ... shocking. It does seem strange corporate sponsors turn a blind eye to their antics year after year and then all of sudden - whammo! My guess is that the social conscious of these corporations is directly tied to sales.

Pleasant Grove, UT

It's worth keeping in mind that the First Amendment applies to government actions and has nothing to do with what private corporations or individuals can do when they don't like what someone says. Those who work for broadcast networks, newspapers and other forms of public communication will usually have either a contract or company rules that they agree to follow when they're hired. If they violate those, they can be terminated. Additionally, in most "at-will" states, the companies can fire anyone for just about any reason that doesn't conflict with public policy. Having a TV or radio show or a newspaper column does not give someone carte blanch to say or write anything that comes out of their head without consequences. That, in fact, is the bottom line. We're all free to say or write anything we'd like, but we have to be ready to accept any consequences that result from what we say.

DN Subscriber 2

It is truly astounding to read the vitriol aimed at Rush Limbaugh, when it is clearly evident that the critics do NOT listen to his show, or have the faintest bit of evidence to back up their wild claims.

Maybe they SHOULD listen to Rush. They might learn something. Like the truth.

Virginia Beach, VA

In answer to the question of "Conservatives" in this forum . . . Yes, Jesus is a Liberal.

And no, Jesus never said a thing about abortion.

And Rush Limbaugh did explicitly say . . . "This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope . . ."

According to Rush, the words of the pope are Marxist. And who else other than Marxists embrace the ideology of Marxism?

Yes, Rush Limbaugh, showed his anti-Christian true colors when fundamentally he called the pope a Marxist, although he did not use those exact words.

Facts are facts.

Virginia Beach, VA

Excuse me self-described Conservatives

When Rush said the Pope's words are "just pure Marxism," he was essentially calling the Pope a Marxists Communist.

Who, other than a Marxist Communist, would speak in terms of "pure Marxism?"

Limbaugh apologists are always ready to misrepresent the facts, and it makes them look as disingenuous as they really are.

Salt Lake City, UT

Missing from the list: Guns & Ammo Magazine columnist Dick Metcalf, who dared to suggest that a little bit of gun regulation might be OK.

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