Follow the money. And the duck noises. And the stupid beards.
5 Sad Ways A&E Became the Walmart of Television Networks

#2. They Make Superficial Progress for Business Reasons
Is it so crazy to think that, maybe, A&E knew [Phil Robertson’s] suspension would lead to a run on Duck Dynasty merchandise and decided to capitalize on the fortuitous timing of the GQ interview by rattling the base? Those are the kind of conspiracy theories we attribute to corporate behemoths like Walmart and then laugh them off, thinking (more like hoping) no company could be so inherently bad as to see the unfortunate situations of others as a means to make money. Then, we all stop laughing when we remember that Walmart was sued not too long ago for secretly taking out life insurance policies on employees so they could collect on the off chance that employee met an untimely end someday.

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Follow the money. And the duck noises. And the stupid beards.

5 Sad Ways A&E Became the Walmart of Television Networks

#2. They Make Superficial Progress for Business Reasons

Is it so crazy to think that, maybe, A&E knew [Phil Robertson’s] suspension would lead to a run on Duck Dynasty merchandise and decided to capitalize on the fortuitous timing of the GQ interview by rattling the base? Those are the kind of conspiracy theories we attribute to corporate behemoths like Walmart and then laugh them off, thinking (more like hoping) no company could be so inherently bad as to see the unfortunate situations of others as a means to make money. Then, we all stop laughing when we remember that Walmart was sued not too long ago for secretly taking out life insurance policies on employees so they could collect on the off chance that employee met an untimely end someday.

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