5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 20
The Duck Dynasty family is standing together after the recent controversy. But will the show survive?
December 20th, 2013
05:02 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, December 20

The Duck Dynasty family is standing by their man, Obama sends troops to an African conflict and more than 40 million Target shoppers may want to check their credit card statements.

It's Friday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


Rumpled feathers: Will A&E's popular reality show "Duck Dynasty” survive this? The family behind the show broached that question yesterday. They released a statement backing patriarch Phil Robertson, one day after the network suspended him over controversial remarks he made about gays and blacks. "While some of Phil's unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible,” the Robertson family said. The statement went on to question the future of the reality show. "We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty." Whoa. This all stems from just released interview with GQ magazine when Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and seemed to put it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. The debate from Robertson’s statements has been intense.

Nischelle Turner will give updates on this story.


Crumbling ceiling: A real life drama unfolded yesterday at London's historic Apollo Theatre. Part of the century-old structure's ornate plaster ceiling tumbled five stories. Dozens were injured –seven seriously. The panic occurred during a play, a mystery called the "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." About 40 minutes into the play, one of the actors yelled “Watch Out!” Some thought it was part of the play. It wasn’t. A loud creak followed, and the ceiling began to come down. Officials said none of the injuries appeared life threatening. Now the mystery is what caused the collapse. Police say it was an accident and not deliberate but it will take engineers to really determine the true cause.

Erin McLaughlin will be live on this story.


At the precipice: President Obama weighed in on the conflict in the South Sudan as deadly clashes spread in Africa’s newest nation. Obama spoke yesterday as the government in South Sudan said rebels have taken the town of Bor. "In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan's people," Obama said in a statement. "In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history.Today, that future is at risk. South Sudan stands at the precipice. Recent fighting threatens to plunge South Sudan back into the dark days of its past," the President said. Amid violence this week, Obama sent 45 U.S. service members to South Sudan. In a letter to Congress, he said the troops were deployed "to support the security of U.S. personnel and our Embassy."

Meanwhile, violence is raging in the Central African Republic as well. Samantha Power, a top U.S. diplomat with an expertise in genocide, arrived there yesterday to gauge sectarian unrest between Christians and Muslims. Amnesty International said former rebels in the Central African Republic killed almost 1,000 people in a two-day rampage this month.

Elise Labott will be live on this story


Massive: That’s probably a word you don’t want to hear when it comes before security breach. But unfortunately there was a massive breach of credit and debit card data at Target that could affect 40 million shoppers, the store said this week. This breach happened the three weeks after Thanksgiving. The Secret Service was called in to help. Yesterday, a company spokeswoman said it had resolved the security issue that allowed the information to be stolen.
The only problem is there has been no word on whether the thieves have been caught. And experts say the crooks can  make fake debit cards and withdraw cash using the information they stole from Target.

Kevin Mitnick, a security professional, will join us 7 to talk about how consumers can protect themselves.


Murder trial: A Detroit man says he shot and killed a 19-year-old woman accidentally when she came to his porch. The victim’s family says the teen was desperately seeking help after being in a car crash, and was killed instead. Whatever the case, the Detroit man will have to stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge ruled yesterday. The judge said that there was enough evidence for Theodore Paul Wafer, 54, to face trial in connection with the November 2 shooting of Renisha McBride. The details of the case made national news earlier this year. McBride, authorities say was intoxicated and possibly disoriented after a car crash and made her way to Wafer’s porch that day. The two did not know each other. And McBride’s family says the teen may have been asking for help. Wafer has said he thought the teen was trying to break in and he went to the door holding a shotgun. He has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Susan Candiotti reports on this story.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- Parkour Santa: The mystery of how Santa gets to all those houses so quickly gets solved in this video.


- Another singing family: Last week we met the Holderness family and their viral song about Christmas pajamas. Now here comes this almost too happy Bock family and the soon to be viral holiday song.


- Upside down family: Talk about production value. The Slade family are veterans of viral video Christmas cards. Check this one out.


- Peanuts Mob: This one brings one question to mind. Do these people have jobs?


- Seal buddy: This guy becomes fast friends with a seal.


There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
Be sure to tune in to "New Day" from 6 to 9 a.m. ET. Join us at NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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  1. Heidi Shavill

    Soooooo......A&E openly forgave and continue to endorse Dog the Racist Bounty hunter who publically and blatantly expressed throughout an entire phone conversation that he initiated his hatred and disgust for anyone of color. In fact he used the 'N' word what was it like 8 times and we all heard it. Yet the powers that be at A&E still found it in their hearts to grant the crackhead their full support.
    And entirely too quickly reinstated their ridiculous show. Really? what consequence was handed down by anyone when Duane Chapman's brother was arrested AGAIN FOR JERKING OFF IN PUBLIC PEEPING AT TEENAGE GIRLS PLAYING TENNIS IN BROAD DAY LIGHT.....NOT ONCE,NOT TWICE BUT AT LEAST THREE TIMES. In fact I'm pretty sure there was no upheaval at all and he still is allowed to participate in the show and as a slap to us all in tv land who are not stupid and have not forgetten how ignorantly it was fed to us that we all mis heard him. No WE didn't. A&E should not be involved with a habitual sex offender but the network continues to give the creep air time. Perhaps that is why Phil felt that he could speak freely as nothing he said even matters in comparison to the trainwreck Chapman's. I have nothing but respect for an honest man that is above all else real. Another point that needs to have a light sheds on it is the fact that Phil was being interviewed at the time his comments were made. It is monumentally and emphatically unfair to ask an interviewee a bunch of controversial questions then attack him for candidly answering the questions asked of him as honestly as he possibly could. Wake the Fuck up A&E they are good people and the most functional tv family we have seen in quite some time. Focus on your other problem.

    A fan of real
    Heidi Lyn Shavill

    December 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  2. Gary Harmer

    Oh look you even forgot to mention that Phil Robertson said that there was no racism in his town prior to civil rights movement and that we should all go back to Uncle Tom rules. They Homosexual part of the interview was not the only one, just the one the media is trying to blast out. Typical Redneck southern white trash

    Hey Rick: God can't fail, yet since prior to the Romans there has been homosexuality- Why has god not wiped them off the face of the earth then? – Does he not want to live up to his failure? There has been homosexuality in beasts as well, so those saying its just a humans choice are the ones deluding yourselves

    December 20, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • Blake

      Check your facts. He never said blacks would have been better off without the civil rights movement. He just said his town, which was full of godly men, were not d completely miserable. Read the original source before you comment, don't just paraphrases LZ Granderson.

      December 20, 2013 at 10:37 am | Reply
  3. Blake

    He never said anything racist... Why does CNN keep trying to manipulate his words to make it sound like he did? #agenda

    December 20, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  4. Rick

    Phil Robertson said nothing wrong at all ! ! ! Homosexuality is a sin , it`s sodomy ! No you say ? Look to Leviticus , 18 : 22-23 Remember , there are two things GOD can`t do ; First , He can`t lie , second , He can`t fail ! ! !

    December 20, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Johm

      Well if the last few thousand years are his(her, its?) track record for ending homosexuality, pain and suffering, etc etc and so forth then I would say he is failing. What's his approval rating right now?

      December 20, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
  5. Robert Clawson

    New Day gives a pass to Duck Dynasty citing the right to religious values… It is a good thing to have a discussion about Phil Robertson's comments but we should have it about ALL of his comments. And its' okay for Americans to have a discussion if its' okay to use religion to cloak intolerance and bigotry – an awful lot of hate in the world is encapsulated within religion – look at Uganda – the law now is to execute homosexuals for certain homosexual acts. Phil Robertson reduces gays to their preference of orifice, sexually and cloaks it in religion. Ignorance is NOT a virtue nor a human right.

    December 20, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  6. Doug

    I bet $100 Duck Dynasty gets picked up by CMT.

    December 20, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  7. Nick

    And #6: Obama now makes it ok for people to by "catastrophic" insurance only. The way these guys keep changing the rules must be driving the insurance companies nuts. Who will want to buy the Obamacare products if you can go back to something akin to what you had and cheaper? Answer: no one. Plus we now have a new poll showing only 24% of the uninsured even want Obamacare, and most think it will result in worse health care instead of better.

    December 20, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  8. charles

    Somehow President Obama's latest arbitrary change to Obamacare doesn't make the top 5 at CNN.

    December 20, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
  9. macressler

    Reblogged this on macressler.

    December 20, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply

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