MSNBC silent on contributor’s Clarence Thomas/Holocaust analogy – UPDATED
posted at 1:15 pm on July 1, 2013 by Guy Benson
Is there a suspension in the offing for MSNBC contributor and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson as a result of his repulsive on-air remarks about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas late last week? I contacted the network’s publicist on Friday and requested comment one way or the other. Here is the verbatim email I sent at 1:15 pm ET on June 28th (which was a follow-up to a previous phone call):
My name is Guy Benson, and I’m the Political Editor of Townhall.com in Washington, DC. I was hoping to get a comment from MSNBC management about whether or not contributor Michael Eric Dyson will face any disciplinary action or sanctions for a statement he made on Thursday’s Martin Bashir show regarding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas:
“A symbolic Jew has invited a metaphoric Hitler to commit holocaust and genocide upon his own people.”
I recall that the network suspended Mark Halperin in 2011 for referring to the president as “kind of a dick” on air. Is Dyson’s remark considered less inappropriate? Thank you for your assistance with this.
Three days later, I haven’t received any response from MSNBC. To my knowledge, Dyson has not been disciplined in any way. I remain keen on discovering why Halperin’s 2011 comment was deemed worthy of an indefinite suspension, whereas Dyson has apparently gotten off scot free here. It couldn’t have anything to do with MSNBC’s documented and overt bias, or its aggressive descent into non-news, could it?
UPDATE – Twitter points out that NBC News effectively did render a judgment on Dyson’s performance. He was rewarded with a plum panelist slot on the network’s signature Sunday news program, Meet the Press. His appearance was vintage Dyson, natch.