Skip to comments.MSNBC President Dismisses Anchors' Gaffes, Says They Haven't 'Hurt Us in Any Way'
Posted on 01/16/2014 5:25:58 PM PST by Nachum
Phil Griffin, head of the MSNBC cable television channel, told Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter that he accepts responsibility for recent embarrassments that led Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir to leave the network and Melissa Harris-Perry to offer a tearful on-air apology.
"These were judgment calls made by some of our people. We handled them. We were transparent. That is our philosophy: Be factual, and step up when you make a mistake, Griffin asserted. We took responsibility for them and took action. They were unfortunate, but I don't think it hurt us in any way.
While known as a hands-off manager, Griffin stated that we don't rely on one person to look at all scripts -- there are too many" before adding that he meets with the producers every day.
Of course, I've talked to everybody in the building about it -- and we move on, he continued. I'm not going to allow these specific moments of lack of judgment to define us."
The first "specific moment" for Griffin's network was caused by Alec Baldwin, who hosted the Friday night program Up Late for just five weeks before being caught on camera calling a photographer who was following him and his family a c**k-sucking fag."
A mere eight days later, weekday afternoon host Martin Bashir resigned in disgrace after suggesting that someone should defecate in the mouth of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and urinate in the prominent Republican's eyes after a discussion about similar punishments that were meted out to slaves about 150 years ago.
Then on December 28, Harris-Perry and a panel of comedians ridiculed former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for being in a picture with his adopted black grandson.
On the following Saturday, the weekend host said that the previous episode was supposed to be
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When they’re already at the bottom of a cesspool how can the gaffes hurt them?
When you’re already the lowest turd at the bottom of the septic tank nothing can hurt you, right Phil?
“We were already below whale poop, how could it make it worse?”
Dismisses Anchors’ Gaffes, Says They Haven’t ‘Hurt Us in Any Way’
True... The bottom of the barrel is still the bottom of the barrel...
Well he’s right, since no one watches MSNBC to begin with, no one hears the stupidity that comes out of their mouths
When you’re already swirling the bowl, one more turd in your wake won’t make a whole lot of difference.
A “gaff” is an unintended mistake.
Those were all intentional.
Words mean nothing anymore to the media freaks.
Bump! And exactly one minute is nothing:)
Harris-Perry is a dope..
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it...
What William Tecumseh Sherman once said about news people: He was convinced if he killed every news person in camp after dinner there would be news from Hell before breakfast.
When it comes to its viewership ranking among the other cable news networks MSNBC’s position is unassailable.
Hayeah and all 3 regular viewers agree!
They were in last place in the ratings. They are still in last place in the ratings.
Yup. The scandals haven’t hurt them a bit...
Because no watches anyway.
It’s kind of hard to hurt the MSNBC network, since they don’t have shit in regards to a viewing population anyway...
Thanks. That was my first thought. It is hard to get any lower when you are already at the bottom.
Griffin is a liar.
He's no different from the rest of the liars at MSNBC.
As just one example out of many, I present the recent willful lies about Koch Industries uttered by MSNBC liar-in-chief Maddow, who steadfastly refuses to acknowledge her wrongdoing, let alone "step up when you make a mistake", even though the full extent of her odious behavior been exposed.