At the end of a second week of--what can only be described as--an abysmal public relations failure, Arts & Entertainment Television revealed something very intriguing to the watching world. Their foolish action in the non-issue of Phil Robertson, exposed three rather profound lessons that voters and candidates would be very advised to pay attention to.
1. Economics still defeats activism -- Let's face it, the minute the spokespeople from GLAAD began screaming on the other end of the phone, A&E executives got nervous. A lot of A&E programming is aimed at rather promiscuous audiences. GLAAD surely threw around threats of boycott and other negative influence if they didn't deal with the (non-)issue of Phil Robertson. And like most activism that originates from people who identify themselves based exclusively on the type of sex they have, the bark was much bigger than the bite. When people of faith began to realize the modern day lynching that GLAAD was attempting to execute, they made their voice known, or at least they were on my hundreds of affiliates. My viewers/listeners called not only A&E, but also the two leading sponsors, and reminded them that though GLAAD might be loud, there are still many more people in this nation that observe traditional values, and that we were now watching their next series of decisions. When sponsors began publicly stating that they stood with the Phil Robertson, the network had to acknowledge they were on the losing side of the debate based purely on numbers.