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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Chris Moody ‏@Chris_Moody 58m

Here’s the full RNC memo banning appearances on MSNBC http://www.gop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/MEMO-Until-MSNBC%E2%80%99s-Phil-Griffin-Apologizes%E2%80%A6.pdf
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http://www.gop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/MEMO-Until-MSNBC%E2%80%99s-Phil-Griffin-Apologizes%E2%80%A6.pdf

Chris Moody ‏@Chris_Moody 1h

GOP Chairman Reince Preibus: “I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC”
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canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM

canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM

John McCain furiously booking spots on MSNBC as we speak.

NotCoach on January 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Those who claim to be the most tolerant among us, are actually the least tolerant of all.

kingsjester on January 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Guy Benson,…very nice “Race Baiting” comment to Priebus!

Yup,

(1) They’ve been teetering on the brink of issuing an ultimatum for awhile, and this was merely the last straw.

canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Wow, that will teach them.

Appearances by Republicans on MSNBC goes from 2 per week to 0.

MSNBC won’t give a crap. They don’t have Republicans on for honest debate. What they do can be done without republican being present.

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I’m boycotting the GOP until they dump the suicidal push for Obamnesty.

I stopped watching MSLSD LONG ago. Welcome to the party GOP.

Meople on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Priebus is doing the right thing. The two biggest weapons the left has are the media, and shameless race-baiting. The GOP must fight and defeat both if it wants a future in this country.

EricW on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

FU Reince.

I’m boycotting Republicans unless they cease and desist with the amnesty BS and Republican leadership apologizes, every single one of them, and proves their sincerity by resigning immediately.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Conservative backlash? I wonder if they knew that a lot of “backlash” came from the left, specifically, African American women who didn’t like the fact that the brother was married to a white woman. Those are the only negative comments I heard. Blacks and Latinos don’t look too favorably on dating outside their race.

sydneyjane on January 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

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?

While MSNBC New Class cool kids are having their Stella Artois at some Georgetown happy hour, stupid comments like that tweet get big laughs. They are so thoroughly marinated in nastiness and bigotry that they are losing the ability to even pretend to be decent people.

forest on January 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

One of the reasons I cancelled my satellite TV was I didn’t want to fund MSLSD and CNN. If a rube like can figure it out I’m wondering why in heck they feel the need to appear on that network and get crucified.

DanMan on January 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Michael Steele??????

I’m happy with this…..enough!

Joe will probably make some snide comments tomorrow am

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

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canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Squishy gop will still appear

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

FU Reince.

I’m boycotting Republicans unless they cease and desist with the amnesty BS and Republican leadership apologizes, every single one of them, and proves their sincerity by resigning immediately.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seconded.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

How about we all just grow up a bit and not demand an apology everytime we feel offended about something?

The RNC wasn’t willing to join Ted Cruz in “boycotting” Obamacare but they are willing to go to the mattresses over Cheerios? And not even the honey nut variety! Give me a break!

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Jackholes unite!

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Does he think this will draw attention away from amnesty? I don’t care how tough Reince Priebus gets with MSNBC. I don’t care if he walks into their offices with a flamethrower. He’s still a dick.

Mark1971 on January 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Doesn’t Rachael Maddow run MSNBC now? Isn’t she the smart one there who is changing MSNBC for the better?

Captain Kirock on January 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Why not just make it a permanent ban, Rinse and Repeat? This is not an isolated incident at that network.

Doughboy on January 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I stopped watching MSLSD LONG ago. Welcome to the party GOP.

exactly

Hey Meople, suppose the GOP is pulling dem tactics and lying through their teeth? Imagine getting the dems to agree to locking down the border, getting it done and then begin enforcing current law.

Okay, okay…I kid myself

DanMan on January 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Questions: Why does MSNBC employ so many flaming jackholes as on air talent?

I think, they are Oblivious to it.

As in there own little echo-chambers,..little worlds,
much like Team Obama!!

canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

As an elected official, strategist, or surrogate, I’m asking for you to agree to the same.

Wow, that is pretty sloppy grammar. The sentence doesn’t even make sense, but you get what he was trying to say. Reince should have an editor.

bluegill on January 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Conservative backlash? I wonder if they knew that a lot of “backlash” came from the left, specifically, African American women who didn’t like the fact that the brother was married to a white woman. Those are the only negative comments I heard. Blacks and Latinos don’t look too favorably on dating outside their race.

sydneyjane on January 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Yeah, libfree weakly trotted out that “backlash” BS a while back on the other thread. But at the time, General Mills never apologized for the ad or pulled it, which means that they obviously never received any threats of economic boycotts or the like.

All they did was disable the youtube comments. That’s nothing.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Hey Meople, suppose the GOP is pulling dem tactics and lying through their teeth? Imagine getting the dems to agree to locking down the border, getting it done and then begin enforcing current law.

Okay, okay…I kid myself

DanMan on January 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM

HAHA, you had me going there for a second.

Meople on January 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Speaking of JackHoles:

Barack Obama
55s
President Obama, Former President Bill Clinton to meet with Senate Democrats during their annual retreat next week, Senate aides say – @edatpost

canopfor on January 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

I don’t care if he walks into their offices with a flamethrower. He’s still a dick.

Mark1971 on January 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

OK, now that would be worth watching MSNBC.

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Why does MSNBC employ so many flaming jackholes as on air talent? Because they are particularly effective inciting Democratic Party hate toward Republicans.

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? Because the Republicans are so impotent and incompetent at stopping them.

Who is responsible for the network’s…climate of hate, to borrow a term? The Democratic Party.

No Chop Charlie on January 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Did someone find pieces of reinforced steel 18″x 4″ x 2″ to strap to the backs of the GOP establishment for spine stiffening?

This is little more than vapid posturing. The usual members of the Vichy caucus will not hesitate to appear on MSDNC.

Athos on January 30, 2014 at 2:05 PM

The GOPe will betray you…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

libby freaked out over YouTube?

Geez…and you have the best commenters at DK,HP,DU,WP, and so on.

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

So when is the southern poverty law center going to classify MSNBC as a hate group?

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

FU Reince.

I’m boycotting Republicans unless they cease and desist with the amnesty BS and Republican leadership apologizes, every single one of them, and proves their sincerity by resigning immediately.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seconded.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Thirded.

ToddPA on January 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Do you hate the gop?
Yup
Great you’re hired!

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I don’t mind the Cheerios ad but I do despise MSNBC.

Marxism is for dummies on January 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

FU Reince.

I’m boycotting Republicans unless they cease and desist with the amnesty BS and Republican leadership apologizes, every single one of them, and proves their sincerity by resigning immediately.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

That sounds good to me, too, my friend. :)

However, there is this little plan being offered up by Mark Kerkorian that may not be as bad as the title implies.

Enforcement first, then amnesty

I’d be interested in your opinion of this alternate plan. While I think you’re aware of my own feelings about allowing any amnesty to ‘liars and scofflaws’, the trade off for the other items might be worth those we’d be allowing some to remain.

thatsafactjack on January 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

How about we all just grow up a bit and not demand an apology everytime we feel offended about something?

The RNC wasn’t willing to join Ted Cruz in “boycotting” Obamacare but they are willing to go to the mattresses over Cheerios? And not even the honey nut variety! Give me a break!

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

It’s easy to do this. It would have been hard to join with Cruz.

kim roy on January 30, 2014 at 2:16 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.

I 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

FU Reince.

I’m boycotting Republicans unless they cease and desist with the amnesty BS and Republican leadership apologizes, every single one of them, and proves their sincerity by resigning immediately.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seconded.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Thirded.

ToddPA on January 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Fourthed…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

They should have started with CNN after what Crowley did to Romney. At the very least, they should have boycotted Crowley’s show. As far as MSNBC goes, this is really too little too late.

bflat879 on January 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Whatever will Steve Schmidt do?

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

In the Paul Ryan “temporary legal probationary status” or whatever post you can clearly see he’s on MSNBC.
They’ve called for boycotts before, the usual suspects don’t listen.

Marcus on January 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM

FU Reince.
I’m boycotting Republicans unless they cease and desist with the amnesty BS and Republican leadership apologizes, every single one of them, and proves their sincerity by resigning immediately.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM
Seconded.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM
Thirded.

ToddPA on January 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM
Fourthed…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Five Golden Rings………………….

Rovin on January 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

MSNBC, the KABOOM! network.

Christien on January 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Murphy9 on January 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

This is all over the internet and once clever fella said MSNBC should just say “We specifically meant the Tea Baggers” for an “apology accepted”. LOL.

Marcus on January 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Questions: Why does MSNBC employ so many flaming jackholes as on air talent?

Well, when you tilt far enough to the left, you pretty much limit your available on air talent pool to…errr…flaming jackholes.

Chris of Rights on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Lol rovin :)

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I’m sure Reince is also calling for a boycott of Fox News until they also stop with all the mean and unfair stuff, right?
Victims unite!
/

Ha.

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Honestly, this deleted tweet isn’t anywhere near the top of MSNBC’s roster of ignominy, at least in my book.

I dunno Guy, this was a personal insult to anyone of right-of-center. I took it as such when I read about it last night and I applaud Priebus for making it a bigger issue to put a spotlight on the insanity that is MSNBC.

thebrokenrattle on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Politricks on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Derp, thanks for reminding us that you’re one of the dumbest trolls at Hot Air.

It would be YOU and your ilk that takes random internet commentators and attribute their comments to an entire political party.

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

Oh wait, aren’t you trying to take random internet commentators and attribute their comments to an entire political party.

Oh and prove that they weren’t obama voters. We’ll wait.

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

Project Much?

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

FU Reince.
I’m boycotting Republicans unless they cease and desist with the amnesty BS and Republican leadership apologizes, every single one of them, and proves their sincerity by resigning immediately.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seconded.

HornetSting on January 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Thirded.

ToddPA on January 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Fourthed…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Five Golden Rings………………….

Rovin on January 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Infinitied.

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Rinse….That’s it…I’m already boycotting NBC, MSNBC & the RNC!

Conservative4Ever on January 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Oh, I must have missed the episode where Hannity said that someone should defecate in Hillary Clinton’s mouth.

Chris of Rights on January 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

You make no sense, you would feel right at home at FNC, verby/Juan/Bob.

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Soooo …

… the unwelcome snub the irrelevant. Do I have that right?

M240H on January 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I’m sure Reince is also calling for a boycott of Fox News until they also stop with all the mean and unfair stuff, right?
Victims unite!
/

Ha.

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Name a couple examples where Fox News called half the country racists for no particular reason other than that they could.

We’ll wait.

Serious question doucheface? Why can’t you ever admit it when your side crosses the line of civil behavior and good taste. Why do you ALWAYS condone their actions and try to shift the blame?

Another commenter had it right…you lack a moral compass.

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I’m sure Reince is also calling for a boycott of Fox News until they also stop with all the mean and unfair stuff, right?
Victims unite!
/

Ha.

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Straw men are indignant.

Ha.

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I 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

Is that you, Cap Hog?

I don’t need to “own” anything. I’m not the one who brought up skin color. I couldn’t care less.

CurtZHP on January 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Oh, I must have missed the episode where Hannity said that someone should defecate in Hillary Clinton’s mouth.

Chris of Rights on January 30, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Hold on, give me 10 minutes…I’ll find it.
Sincerely, libby AKA Michael Eric

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Is that you, Cap Hog?

I don’t need to “own” anything. I’m not the one who brought up skin color. I couldn’t care less.

CurtZHP on January 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Dang. I’d forgotten about CH.

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

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?

The end justifies the means. Whenever you judge your actions based on how that will contribute to a future good instead of whether they are right or wrong in the present you fall into this trap.

kcewa on January 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

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?

Well, it has been claimed recently that Rachel Maddow has a lot of executive input/oversight regarding the political direction of the network, so I’d start there.

nukemhill on January 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I’m sure Reince is also calling for a boycott of Fox News until they also stop with all the mean and unfair stuff, right?
Victims unite!
/

Ha.

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Isn’t “Victims unite!” pretty much the platform/slogan/mantra of the Democratic Party? WTF does that have to do with a man calling out a bunch of can’t-make-it-without-a-handout pu**ies like yourself?

M240H on January 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I 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

Well of course since everyone here but you is whiter than whitebread, and of course there aren’t any nonwhites out there who are against mixed race families.

Because…yeah!

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Do you hate conservatives the gop?
Yup
Great you’re hired!

cmsinaz on January 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

FIFY……

williamg on January 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Another commenter had it right…you lack a moral compass.

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

You lack a right wing hissy fit barometer.
Some twitter acct manager posted it – MSNBC apologized.
This is nada outside the RNC victim-hood chamber.
I’m sure the talking points are being circulated now.
We’ll likely now have to listen to a whining Hannity threaten to leave the country.
Yawn.

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

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

Idiot-Post of The Year!

williamg on January 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Questions: Why does MSNBC employ so many flaming jackholes as on air talent?

I already commented on this quote, but I want to go back to it, because I think it’s important.

We are deleting the earlier offensive tweet. It does not reflect msnbc’s position and we apologize.

— msnbc (@msnbc) January 30, 2014

But that’s the problem. This isn’t an isolated incident or even a rare occurrence, as the last few months have shown conclusively. This kind of repeated problem is indicative of the culture there. They employ “flaming jackholes” because that is exactly the mindset they are looking for.

The MSNBC staff doesn’t have a problem saying these things in public, because they almost certainly say them to each other in private. Clearly, it’s not just the on air personalities that are “flaming jackholes” but the off air ones as well.

When this is the culture you create, what we see on air is what you get.

As Erik Wemple said in the piece linked from Ed’s article:

Sometimes a bad tweet represents the errant and unrepresentative thoughts of some employee managing the social-media accounts. And sometimes it represents institutional morays and
prejudices.

Erik nails it.

This is who they are.

Chris of Rights on January 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Some twitter acct manager posted it – MSNBC apologized.

Not. Good. Enough!

See: Trent Lott

williamg on January 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

We’ll likely now have to listen to a whining Hannity threaten to leave the country.
Yawn.

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Probably not; whiny, nut-less threats, a la Alec Baldwin, are a trade-marked Libtard move.

M240H on January 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I 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

Tell us again how your side graciously treated Stacey Dash in 2012 when she endorsed Mitt Romney, and maybe we’ll stop laughing at you.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

You lack a right wing hissy fit barometer.
Some twitter acct manager posted it – MSNBC apologized.
This is nada outside the RNC victim-hood chamber.
I’m sure the talking points are being circulated now.
We’ll likely now have to listen to a whining Hannity threaten to leave the country.
Yawn.

verbaluce on January 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

ALWAYS with the excuses and the deflections.

Still waiting on the Fox News example.

You truly are a pathetic little snipe. If it wasn’t for politricks you’d be the dumbest commenter here. Lucky You.

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Enforcement first, then amnesty

I’d be interested in your opinion of this alternate plan. While I think you’re aware of my own feelings about allowing any amnesty to ‘liars and scofflaws’, the trade off for the other items might be worth those we’d be allowing some to remain.

thatsafactjack on January 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Did I miss the part where he explains why we should extend amnesty to even a limited cadre of illegals? There are good policy arguments against rewarding illegal immigration, but I’m not seeing any net benefit to granting legal status, i.e., rewarding these people with amnesty.

Passing bad policy because you think it is good politics is obscene betrayal of politicians’ oaths of office and promises to serve their constituents, but 99% of these weasels had their fingers crossed anyway. But I think any political benefits for Republicans are illusory, if not the result of delusional thinking, and far outweighed by the political benefits that will be reaped by the Democrat destructors of our country.

I’m willing to consider any immigration policy that can be shown to have net benefits for our country. I have yet to hear any such arguments for any form of amnesty. Any benefits of amnesty are vastly outweighed by the costs.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

LOL, whatever GOP….you’ll cave soon enough. Too many cocktail parites on the line here.

newtopia on January 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I’m sure Reince is also calling for a boycott of Fox News until they also stop with all the mean and unfair stuff, right?

verbaloon on January 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Translated: “I had to use the words “mean” and “unfair” to describe Fox News, because I can’t credibly prove that they are racists!”

A+

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

ALWAYS with the excuses and the deflections.

Still waiting on the Fox News example.

You truly are a pathetic little snipe. If it wasn’t for politricks you’d be the dumbest commenter here. Lucky You.

HumpBot Salvation on January 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

They always end up looking and sounding like Pee Wee Herman after he launches himself over the handlebars of his bike.

CurtZHP on January 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

From the other thread

Fox News runs a virtual HUAC committee on Dems every day –
where’s the OUTRAGE (copyright RNC) over that?

verbaloon on January 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Any time you’re ready to give us credible and multi-sourced proof for your claim, we’ll be here.

Del Dolemonte on January 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

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

Define “a few”. In any group there will always be “a few” that are outliers. It does not reflect on any random singular member of the group or the group itself. That’s why they are called “outliers”. You cannot determine the traits of the group from the outliers.

Weasel words from a weasel. Go away.

kim roy on January 30, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Graham and McCain see an opening…

right2bright on January 30, 2014 at 2:57 PM

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

If you are so sure…point them out.

Otherwise, Apologize, sit down or be banned for continuing the MSNBC message…

Guy Benson? Keep an eye on this idiot…we expect better.

right2bright on January 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I’m willing to consider any immigration policy that can be shown to have net benefits for our country. I have yet to hear any such arguments for any form of amnesty. Any benefits of amnesty are vastly outweighed by the costs.

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Don’t hold your breath. There is absolutely NO benefit whatsoever to amnesty at this time. Perhaps when the economy is running at 99% and 100% employment with no debt, etc.

Unless you are advocating socialism and a growing government state with more people on the teat, which is why the liberals love amnesty.

kim roy on January 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

What is the “MSNBC” nobody is talking about?

elowe on January 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Why does MSNBC employ so many flaming jackholes as on air talent?

Because so many Libs are flaminng jackholes? The odds are against finding one that isn’t.

These kind of attacks wouldn’t even pop into my head no less get past my lips. I’d make a lousy leftist.

lynncgb on January 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I 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

Racism does exist…so does people who dislike short people or fat people…some people don’t like to see women with full sleeve arm tats…or how come no one with facial hair has been nominated let alone campaign for President?

Some people don’t like dogs, or cats…some people don’t like smokers, gee, I guess their is “racism” everywhere.

But one thing is universal on this site…no one likes stupid, foolish posts like yours, that says “you all”, when you have no idea what “we all” think…except in your little whining, poor me, voice that constantly rings in your ear…playing the victim card has long been one of favorite things we laugh at.

And we are laughing at you…

right2bright on January 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

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

I know several white Obama voters that use the n-word quite a bit.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

What about the MeaTon McCain? Will she still epresent the Republican Party on the PeeCock shows ?

burrata on January 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

The simple fact that it took them this long shows how stupid the GOP is.

William Eaton on January 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

This commercial has been around quite a while.

It is “cute.” The girl’s pouring Cheerios on her father’s heart is just what you’d expect a child that age to do.

MSNBC is a cesspool.

davidk on January 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

About time clueless GOPe! Now Priebus needs to categorically state that they will only hold POTUS debates before Fox news or CSPAN moderators and I will start thinking they’ve wised up. No more Candy Crowley’s!

neyney on January 30, 2014 at 3:19 PM

novaculus on January 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I agree. The some wouldn’t be a few,limited to children brought here at a tender age, and spouses of military service personnel, it would end up being most.

I think Kerkorian’s idea of giving up some amnesty in this plan is meant to be the ‘sweetener’ the gets the Democrats to go for it. As you know, politicians can’t approach any problem these days without frittering away citizens rights and/or tax dollars in the bargain in order to come to a ‘bipartisan agreement’.

Of course the Democrats would never go along with this since they wouldn’t get triple legal immigration and chain migration. This would severely curtail the never ending flow of new poorly educated, big government reliant ‘immigrants’ to use as a crowbar and bludgeon against their political foes and an endless source of new gullible voters.

Big business wouldn’t go along since they’d never get that unending tide of cheap, renewable, foreign labor in both continuing illegal immigration and triple legal immigration. Hence… and most importantly.. it’s a non-starter for the GOP… who dance to the tune of their donors.

While I like the end to automatic citizenship unless one parent is a citizen or legal permanent resident, and I like mandatory nationwide E-verify with teeth, and I like tracking visa holders and charging those who overstay their visa and deporting them, and deporting ‘new’ illegal aliens as well, and I love the idea of ending chain migration…

… amnesty is still off the table.

Each of these low skilled illegal aliens would immediately become eligible for a plethora of benefits including subsidized housing and would also be required to sign up for ObamaCare… which would also be subsidized since they are low income or no income. The CBO estimated the additional cost for healthcare alone over ten years for the 11 million at $2Trillion.

What this proves is that our political class still knows right from wrong, as evinced by the provisions meant to satisfy the conservative base, but it doesn’t stop them from trying to cut a deal just the same.

This nation doesn’t need anymore ‘liars and scofflaws’…. we have the political class.

thatsafactjack on January 30, 2014 at 3:21 PM

It’d be wrong to say verbulace and his cohort on this thread lack a moral compass.

They know the difference between right and wrong, and deliberately choose wrong every time.

BKennedy on January 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Reince Priebus? Broken clock analogy applies here.

Let’s see what the GOP does on substantive issues. Because that is where the real fight is. This is nothing but another squirrel.

Marcus Traianus on January 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The RNC boycott is cheap theater.

How about stand with your base and tell amnesty pushers to **** ***.

But you are spineless and will not.

davidk on January 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Why would Priebus, or any sane person, ever go there?

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Questions: Why does MSNBC employ so many flaming jackholes as on air talent?

gigglesnort

Oh, by “talent,” you mean, “s/he who appears in front of the camera.”

clear quadruped

Elephant

MisterElephant on January 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Isn’t Reince Priebus worried about the MSNBC viewers that could be convinced to vote Republican? Both of them?

Steve Z on January 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Racism does exist…so does people who dislike short people or fat people…some people don’t like to see women with full sleeve arm tats…or how come no one with facial hair has been nominated let alone campaign for President?

Huh? All our pennies and $5 bills show Abraham Lincoln with a beard.

Steve Z on January 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Did Priebus say this “before” or “after” he went on MSNBC to push amnesty?

TarheelBen on January 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

But all those other times MSNBC jumped the shark, it was okay? Why draw the line in the sand on this one?

Fallon on January 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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