Between the suspension by A&E of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson for anti-gay remarks in an interview with GQ, the firing of actor and MSNBC talk-show host Alec Baldwin for his own homophobic ranting, and the Food Network’s cutting ties with chef Paula Deen due to racially insensitive remarks that came to light during a lawsuit, it seems like it’s open season on celebrities.

That’s even more true than it seems at first blush — and it extends all the way into the world of politics. Even there, the ability of leaders to control messaging and the story line on any given topic is breaking down with remarkable speed. Thanks to a wide range of ever increasing new media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram  and more, it’s easier than ever for regular people — and voters — to speak out and voice opinions about the rich and powerful. Our…

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