Untangling The Corporate Web Behind Duck Dynasty

Most people know that the Duck Dynasty TV show is shown on the channel A&E. Since the ridiculous suspension of Phil Robertson, there have been massively organized efforts to boycott all A&E programs. In fact, there are three Facebook pages in support of Phil Robertson (and opposition to A&E) that have over 1 million “likes” each.

What most people don’t know is that A&E is not a stand alone channel. It is a product of A&E Television Networks, LLC, a company which also produces the following channels: Bio, Crime & Investigation Network, History, H2, History en Espanol, Lifetime, LMN, and Lifetime Real Women, and Military History.

A&E Television Networks is not a publicly traded company. It is equally and jointly owned by the Hearst Corporation (See assets here) and the Disney-ABC Television Group, which is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Both have a history of being preferential to liberal causes through their media influence, including the homosexual movement. We know for a fact that both sponsored the NLGJA (National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association’s) convention in 2006, and probably other years as well.

Now that we know who pulls the strings at A&E, their actions are not so surprising.