RNC: That’s it, we’re boycotting MSNBC until its president apologizes; Update: Griffin apologizes, staffer fired

posted at 1:41 pm on January 30, 2014 by Guy Benson

Ed wrote about this Twitter storm earlier, but in case you’d missed it, here’s what the official feed of MSNBC — an ostensible “news” network — discharged last night:

Distilled, repellent race-baiting.  The tweet was quickly taken down with an apology issued, but the Republican National Committee isn’t in a forgiving mood.  Reince Priebus blasted out the following memo to all RNC staff, surrogates and strategists, urging Republicans of all stripes to refuse to appear on the network until its president personally apologizes for this most recent episode in an interminable string of nasty racial attacks against conservatives:

Unfortunately, this tweet is just the latest in a pattern of poor statements by MSNBC and its hosts. This morning I left a message with MSNBC President Phil Griffin to express my displeasure. I have sent him a letter demanding that he personally, as president of the network, take responsibility and apologize for the disgusting tweet. Until he takes internal corrective action and personally apologizes—not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans—I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC. As an elected official, strategist, or surrogate, I’m asking for you to agree to the same. We can have our political disagreements with MSNBC, but using biracial families to launch petty and ridiculous political attacks is low, even by MSNBC’s standards. It only coarsens our political discourse. MSNBC hosts—including Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, and Ronan Farrow just to name a few—have had a troubling streak in the last several weeks of making comments that belittle and demean Americans without furthering any thoughtful dialogue. Perhaps it’s time for the executives at MSNBC to consider whether their network is upholding a meaningful journalistic mission. This is more than just a tweet or an offhand comment. This is part of a pattern of behavior that has gotten markedly worse, and until Phil Griffin personally apologizes and takes corrective action, we cannot be part of this network’s toxic programming.

Honestly, this deleted tweet isn’t anywhere near the top of MSNBC’s roster of ignominy, at least in my book.  Melissa Harris-Perry’s “humorous” riff on Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson was worse, as was Michael Eric Dyson’s despicable attack on Clarence Thomas, and Chris Matthews’ ignorant comparison of Mitch McConnell to a South African apartheid leader.  And those are just a few examples I plucked from recent memory.  So why might Priebus and company be picking this particular incident to publicly shame the network?  A few possibilities: (1) They’ve been teetering on the brink of issuing an ultimatum for awhile, and this was merely the last straw.  (2) MSNBC has already admitted wrongdoing here, so they’re in a vulnerable position from which they can’t really mount a defense of themselves.  If the RNC wants to embarrass Phil Griffin for the unmitigated shinola-show he’s presiding over, why not pounce when he’s already backed into a corner?  (3) It’s clever and cheeky payback for the channel’s breathless and hysterical coverage of Chris Christie.  Priebus may be hoisting MSNBC by its own petard vis-a-vis leaders being responsible for a “culture” they’ve permitted to fester on their watch. In light of the dearth of evidence against Christie himself, the network’s hosts have done a lot of concern-trolling about how Christie’s style of leadership fostered an environment that allowed abuses of power to take place (or, you know, not take place).  Well, over the last few months alone, MSNBC has parted ways with two anchors — one for demonstrating his penchant for dropping anti-gay slurs during fits of rage, and the other for stating outright that someone ought to defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth.  A third anchor has been forced to deliver a tearful apology over her show’s content.  And now the network’s axed a tweet casually accusing the political Right of hating biracial families.

Questions: Why does MSNBC employ so many flaming jackholes as on air talent?  And why do these people seem to believe they have free reign to spout any thought that may pop into their head, no matter how vile or mean-spirited?  Who is responsible for the network’s…climate of hate, to borrow a term?  I’ll leave you with a flashback to why Priebus must be relishing this opportunity to twist the knife.  He has a bit of a history with MSNBC, you see, typified by a wild-eyed Chris Matthews calling him “garbage” (for alleged race-baiting, ironically) at the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Priebus fired back, labeling Matthews “the biggest jerk in the room:”

Update: The RNC wins this round:

“The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet,” Griffin wrote in a statement. ”I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended,” he continued. “At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.”

Update (Allahpundit): Erik Wemple of WaPo reports that Griffin’s getting tired of the weekly “sorry for offending everyone” apologies:

Griffin, says one of the sources, is as “angry” as his colleagues have seen him. In a meeting, he warned of serious and immediate repercussions and ripped the staff about the recent bout of stupid actions, according to the sources.

Lauren Skowronski, a spokeswoman for the network, e-mailed this statement: “What you’re hearing is an exaggeration but obviously this is a serious matter that’s being handled internally. Phil has spoken to his team to make it clear that these incidents are unacceptable.”


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3558 on January 30, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Very well put.

Welcome to the world of Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

See… the issue always was with Jesse and Al.. they never could articulate as well as their successor, Barack Obama.

Race Pimps.

We have a Racepimp posing as POTUS. With a nice crease in his Armani suit.

The three of them are worthless.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
― Booker T. Washington c. 1901

Where has a hundred years gotten us?

Lost in Jersey on January 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

It’s tough to be the first half-black president, when Bill Clinton is the first black president.

Plus, obama is not an African president either…

America should always be ashamed for electing such an nincompoop, no matter his hue.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Barack Obama’s father was an African Arab.

Just keeping the record straight.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Barack Obama’s father was an African Arab.

Just keeping the record straight.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Nah, that guy is not his father.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

We have a Racepimp posing as POTUS. With a nice crease in his Armani suit.

The three of them are worthless.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

But the suit is totally empty. It’s missing its emperor…h/t PolAgnostic.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3363507/

But wait.

You guys on this board love to take random internet commentors and attribute their comments to an entire political party. Guess you just don’t like it when its the other way around.

Bet you the people making those comments I linked above weren’t Obama voters.

Politricks on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Why? Racists can’t like “free stuff”? It’s funny that your link simply posts that a bunch of people made racist comments on YouTube, as if people didn’t know that already.

It requires the liberal short-circuit to think all non-trolls making racist comments are conservative. It other words, you have an observable fact: a lot of people made racist comments. A reasonable guess: there’s no reason to believe that 100% of them were trolls. And you use the objective and reasonable facts to argue something that does not follow from it: conservatives.

You just simply go back to your short-circuited loop where conservatives hate Obama because he’s black. Besides, “racist” has a lot of range today, and often contains things that are insensitive, like those things that Bill Clinton or Joe Biden have said, and I don’t think you can surmise that insensitive comments means they voted for Romney.

You can’t win an argument by insisting that your worldview and your assumptions are the best way to interpret something.

Axeman on January 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Nah, that guy is not his father.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Only Barack knows who is father is. But his entire life has been nothing but a fabrication, a slide show. He was groomed to take this role and I firmly believe that he DID NOT expect to win re-election.

He’s a fish outta water. And his wife is a cow.

/Facts matter.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Only Barack knows who is father is.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Only his mother did.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Barky’s mom may not even have known who the father is….give or take a half dozen or so…

…possibilities.

viking01 on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Only his mother did.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

It’s not Uncle Frank.

Still “underground” but it’s coming out soon.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Only his mother did.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

You sure she did?

davidk on January 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Discuss.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 6:36 PM

It’s tough to be the first half-black president, when Bill Clinton is the first black president.

Plus, obama is not an African president either…

America should always be ashamed for electing such an nincompoop, no matter his hue.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM

That’s why I called him black in my post.

But if you do a Google search on the keywords “obama first black president” and then “obama first african american president”, you will get about 2 million more results from the second set of keywords.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Donte Bell. Midvale, Utah. Facebook.

I don’t hate anyone, not racist towards anyone, don’t discriminate based on religion.

I say live and let live.

Politricks on January 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Right. And neighbors all said what a sweet kid Darion Aguilar was, too.

Solaratov on January 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Malcolm X juxtaposed with Obama and his daughters.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

All this for a tweet. K.

Repubs AND demos need to take a concrete pill.

Reaps on January 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I’d bet Griffin originated the offense and some “staffer” is just the fall guy.

viking01 on January 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

You guys on this board love to take random internet commentors and attribute their comments to an entire political party.

Politricks on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I wonder if you have any evidence of this taking place, or if, in your haste to play the “hypocrite” card, you didn’t stop to think if you could support your wild assertions.

Bet you the people making those comments I linked above weren’t Obama voters.

Politricks on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Well, over 40% of the voting population stayed home, and a quarter of the total population is not of voting age at all.

So you could take a random sampling of any individual in the country and the odds against that person casting a vote for Obama are 3:1.

So saying they weren’t Obama voters is kind of a brainless conclusion to draw. Extrapolating that to infer that they were Romney voters is itself 3:1 against being correct.

The Schaef on January 30, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Distilled, repellent race-baiting.

The PTB permit trolls to do this on HA on a daily basis, without consequence.

In fact, what MSNBC put on twitter was mild compared to what HA tolerates from its pet trolls.

farsighted on January 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

All this for a tweet. K.

Repubs AND demos need to take a concrete pill.

Reaps on January 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

It’s not just one tweet. In two separate stories on the Cheerios commercial, MSNBC website originally implicated “the right” and “conservatives” and later scrubbed them.

It’s just that a tweet goes out to the world, there are too many copies out there to edit.

This is the initial blurb for the story:

Forget the Seahawks and the Broncos: there may be an outcry from the right, but most viewers are likely to declare this ad the Superbowl winner.

And inside the story:

Cheerios’ new Super Bowl ad features the same fictional biracial family that sparked a conservative backlash last year.

People have screencaps of the original stories.

Axeman on January 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Not sure what the problem is…the tweet said “maybe”

nonpartisan on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Oh, your sorry? OK, no problem, we’re friends again and the boycott is lifted. Nice talkin’ to you. Hey, can we send over a couple of sock puppets to be on one of your shows to talk about our GOP amnesty bill? Pleeeease??

2ndMAW68 on January 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Not sure what my problem is…

non on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Not sure what the problem is…the tweet said “maybe”
nonpartisan on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

If they had stopped at “outcry,” we wouldn’t be having this discussion. As for the “may be” (note, two words), they could just as easily have said “might not be” or “from the left.” They didn’t–deliberately so.

Do they not teach reading comprehension at Harvard Online Pretend College?

Maddie on January 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Not sure what the problem is…the tweet said “maybe”

nonpartisan on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

That’s funny.

Axeman on January 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Not sure what the problem is…the tweet said “maybe”

nonpartisan on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Maybe the Dems are all communists. Maybe Barack Obama is the worst president in the history of the United States, or may ever be should we survive him. Maybe we won’t.

See, nothing wrong with “maybe”.

Etymologically, “may” means “might” (power,force,…might). That something “may be” means that it has the force and the power to be. Monkeys don’t really have the force of being to fly out of my butt. Saying “Monkeys might (to) fly out my butt” is a misuse of language.

It is only a slightly weaker implication that the “rightwing” has the tendency to get enraged at seeing cute little mulatto angels from a black and white couple. In most conversation, it does not indicate a SWAG.

Axeman on January 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Nah, that guy is not his father.
Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM
Facts
Loretta Fuddy, formerly of Seattle, appointed HI director of health a few months before release of Obama BC.
Fuddy was former chairwoman Subud USA, cult, also believed Obama’s mother member. 10-20k members worldwide.
Fuddy certified BC.
You could very well be right. What are the odds that a high ranking Subud cult member be appt’d to certify Obama BC, when it is reputed Obama mother was member?
Subud originated Indonesia.
I don’t believe in coincidence.

The Spear on January 30, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Who sucks more?

The RNC?

It’s Chairman?

MSNBC?

The nations voters that according to two recent polls put Hillary and Mitt as the preferred nominees in 2016?

or Monica Lewinsky?

PappyD61 on January 30, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Not sure what the problem is…the tweet said “maybe”

nonpartisan on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

The fired person sends you roses.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 12:09 AM

I know what you’re saying. I hate it when my son wants to watch NASCAR and there’s a Formula 1 race being broadcast. Big Issue for me.

kcewa on January 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Point taken. But I like the analogy. Personally I’d rather a driver at the table. At least you EXPECT then to run on all 4s and go in circles never getting anywhere.

WryTrvllr on January 31, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Not sure what the problem is…the tweet said “maybe”

nonpartisan on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Maybe this troll is a pedophile who likes to molest five year olds.

farsighted on January 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Hate speech and lies are not Exceptions at MSNBC, it is POLICY.

And they continue to do it until someone pushes back, then its ooopppss . . . a low level “unauthorized staffer”.

sniffles1999 on January 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM

He’s a fish outta water. And his wife is a cow.

/Facts matter.

Key West Reader on January 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

What have you against cows? I’m offended you insult them so.

I have to be offended for them because they are too stupid to understand they should be offended.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 31, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Who was fired? Was anyone really fired? Without a name, we are taking the word of someone (MSNBC) who already has admitted to framing the conservative movement. Just as no one, IIRC, has ever been able to say who at NBC was fired for the “editing” of the Zimmerman 911 tape. Like anything else with the media, until you can verify it, it probably is not as presented.

MTinMN on January 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Did the GOP make a “threat” or a “promise”? Either way, they aren’t good for it.

-west

mr_west on January 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Not sure what the problem is…the tweet said “maybe”

nonpartisan on January 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Maybe you’ll wake up with a horse head in your bed tomorrow.

But no problem here, since the word “maybe” makes that magically not a (hypothetical) threat.

The Schaef on January 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

know you all like to pretend racism doesn’t exist and all us Blacks are hyper sensitive and see slights where none exist but you all need to own it.

I’m sure a few commentors here even would have an issue with mixed race families.

Politricks on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

You just lumped “all of us” hot air posters together, a tactic frequently used by ignorant hate-filled liberal hypocrites. You need to own up to your own little petty bigoties, a-hole, before you demand the same of others.

As for the ‘own it’ comment–stick it in your ear.

zoyclem on January 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Maddow must be pissed. She just lost a rather large power struggle. Her fav guys/gals suck at ratings and her desire to get more inflammatory just got them a huge punch in the nose.

CNN must have her on their payroll too.

Zomcon JEM on January 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

know you all like to pretend racism doesn’t exist and all us Blacks are hyper sensitive and see slights where none exist but you all need to own it.

I’m sure a few commentors here even would have an issue with mixed race families.

Politricks on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Do you really think that you can fight bigotry with more bigotry? It not only makes you a hypocrite, but it makes more bigots – on both sides.

Other than the melanin content of their skin, I don’t see much difference between Bull Connor and Louis Farrakhan. Do you?

SubmarineDoc on January 31, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Guy:

Here’s a link to the latest update for you — the NBC affiliate in Miami has broadcast a graphic identifying the Republican Party in Florida as the “Reprehensible Party.”

Trochilus on January 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM

This is why the GOP is floundering and the Commie-crats continue to clean their clocks. Does the GOP really need to boycott MSNBC? Is there one sane Republican/conservative in the country who watches MSNBC? Could there be a more meaningless gesture than for Republicans to boycott MSNBC?

cajunpatriot on February 1, 2014 at 6:12 PM

msnbc does a reluctant apology and fires some low level drone

is not enough

continue the boycott for a while

let em squirm.
they want to spout hate all the time.
fine
we don’t have to participate
let them interview their own staff

sniffles1999 on February 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Congratulations to Priebus on his victory over MSNBC.

Now, how about some electoral victory?

virgo on February 2, 2014 at 5:41 AM

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