Sarah Palin Defends Anti-Gay Remarks by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson

After issuing a defense of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on her Facebook page last night, Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show Thursday, offering a sharp rebuke of A&E, which decided to suspend Robertson following his comments about homosexual sex. In the pre-taped interview, Palin said A&E acted like “absolute quacks” and “really screwed up on this one.”

“This is all about freedom, free speech,” Palin told Hannity, echoing her Facebook post. “You know, so many American families have spilled blood and treasure to guarantee Phil Robertson and everybody else’s right to voice their personal opinions and once that freedom is lost, everything is lost in our country.”

She suggested that if A&E can’t handle Robertson’s rhetoric, perhaps The Sportsman Channel, which will air her new reality show Amazing America should pick it up. “I’m sure they’d be welcome with open arms,” she said.

Palin also addressed the parallels between the Robertson situation and the comments MSNBC’s Martin Bashir made about her that ultimately led to his resignation. She said she did not target MSNBC’s advertisers after Bashir’s comments “because I am a freedom of speech kind of gal.”

(Sources: Fox News and Mediaite.com)

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