If some ignorant, backwoods duck hunter wants to rant homophobic and racist opinions over the air, no problem. If the company he works for decides to suspend him as a liability for those rants, no problem either. A&E wasn’t out of line at all; they were simply doing business as they saw fit, and suspending him for a couple of weeks was a business decision. It was also a business decision to re-instate him after a couple of weeks of fake right-wing outrage, inaccurately calling his suspension an infringement of free speech.
Of course, when liberal’s make the same kinds of statements they are fired immediately with no discussion or outrage, as in the recent cases of Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin.
The most recent rant from the ignorant backwoods duck hunter was to encourage men to marry 15 year olds. Let’s see how the right wing responds to that one.