By Greta Van Susteren
Let's go "Off the Record" just for a minute. First, it's impossible to get through life, maybe even a day without each of us being a hypocrite about something. I know, I catch myself, too, being one. There is being ordinary hypocrite and then there is A&E.
A&E's hypocrisy is a class all its own. They are in that jaw-dropping kind. A&E network executives are so phony. They now are scandalized by "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson's comments to a "G.Q." reporter. Really? A&E is suddenly just now scandalized and so horrified that it is ditching the First Amendment?
Well, A&E is so lame. A&E has known about this for years because Robertson has been saying those same things for years. You can even get on YouTube on A&E computers just like on your laptop at home. They knew about it. A&E knew all about Robertson. Now that A&E is getting heat for what Robertson has been saying for years, A&E is running for the hills rather than standing up for the First Amendment.
A&E is cowering and trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Pretending that they just learned about Robertson's views and they find his views so appalling that they are suspending him. That is a fantasy.
Now here is the truth. "Duck Dynasty" gets big ratings, and A&E likes the big cash that comes with big ratings. So they never cared what Robertson said as long as he kept high ratings. You know that and, of course, A&E knows that. A&E executives must think we are all stupid with their phony reaction now. But in that holiday spirit, if you are charitable towards A&E executives and you think, well, maybe they have re-thought Robertson's statements and now they have a change of heart, even to the point where they think good manners trumps the First Amendment, well, think again.
A&E just did five hours of programming of "Duck Dynasty" last night, two days after the controversy erupted. And they are planning a "Duck Dynasty" marathon this Sunday. A&E scandalized? No, that's the money.
That's my "Off the Record" comment tonight. Tell me what you think. If you have an important story or issue you think I should take "Off the Record," go to GretaWire.com and tell us about it.