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Posted on 01/30/2014 2:09:33 PM PST by Sub-Driver
January 30, 2014, 04:23 pm MSNBC president apologizes to Priebus
By Mario Trujillo
MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Thursday apologized for the networks offensive tweet aimed at the GOP and said he had fired the staffer responsible.
A tweet sent from MSNBC's official Twitter account on Wednesday night said the right wing might hate a new Cheerios ad that features a biracial family, but the rest of the country would love it.
Griffin said he personally apologized to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus after the chairman threatened a boycott of the network until he received an apology.
The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable, read the statement from Griffin shown on the network Thursday afternoon. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.
He added: I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At MSNBC, we believe in passionate strong debate about the issues and we invite voices form all sides to participate. That will never change.
Priebus had written a memo banning all RNC staff from appearing on the network until Griffin apologized. Priebus said he was asking all Republican officials to follow his lead.
Until you personally and publicly apologize for this behavior, I have banned all RNC staff from appearing on, in association with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC, Priebus said in a letter to Griffin.
MSNBC quickly deleted the offensive tweet Wednesday night.
Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family, the network's account tweeted out with a link to a story about the ad.
The network apologized Wednesday night in a pair of tweets, saying it did not reflect MSNBC's position. Griffin reiterated that again Thursday.
RNC communications director Sean Spicer said Priebus accepted the apology but would continue to watch and call the network out on offensive content.
We appreciate Mr. Griffins admission that their comment was demeaning and disgusting, and the Chairman accepted his apology, Spicer said in a statement. We will aggressively monitor the network to see whether their pattern of unacceptable behavior actually changes. We dont expect their liberal bias to change, but we will call them out when political commentary devolves into personal and belittling attacks.
The RNC has clashed with the network since at least last year, when it threatened to refuse to partner with its parent company during presidential debates due to a now-defunct series about Hillary Clinton.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized in December after coming under fire for mocking a picture of Mitt Romneys adopted grandson. And host Martin Bashir resigned after making vulgar remarks about the former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Updated at 4:50 p.m.
Doesn’t matter. The visual and damage is done. The Left and most of the MSM will give a blind eye to this because they *hate* conservatives.
Will MSNBC apologize to my bi-racial relatives who are conservative????
Their personnel template is titled “Lowest Common Denominator” - it is never difficult to find another ‘rager to fill the holes.
MSNBC has made more apologies lately than Obama on his “apology tour” did right after his first inauguration.
Does MSNBC’s Twitter account have an auto apology button?
What damage? This appears to have harmed them more than us.
Who exactly was the author of the tweet?
Important question; it's not that I don't trust MSNBC, it's just that...come to think of it, it's precisely that I don't trust MSNBC.
The article is wrong. They didn’t quickly delete the tweet. It was 3 hours later after a conservative crescendo of mocking and outrage. That, I enjoyed very much.
“Who exactly was the author of the tweet?”
Yep, I want a name,otherwise the firing never happened. If the shoe were on the other foot the left would have a SS # and an address by now.
My very first thought.
Like hell it didn't. BTT
..and then I read this tweet: Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,
...and I am left wondering how the two -- Priebus and the right-wing -- are assumed to have ANY connection to one another?
Apology accepted, but we know who you are now.
And the recommendation stands that no conservative/GOP should go on their network.
MSNBC all racists all the time.
RNC needs to request a permanent ongoing boycott of MSNBC...just on basic principles
The tweet was no mistake. When you run a network with a viewership of a couple of thousand people, bad publicity is better than no publicity.
One Liberal to another.
...and I am left wondering how the two — Priebus and the right-wing — are assumed to have ANY connection to one another?
My thoughts as well.
Why the apology to Prince Rebus. The insult was to the right wing.
I don’t like how Prince Rebus is trying to take credit for this either.
Apologize for doing something that is wrong... not for someone else's feelings.
You mean the GOP does not boycott MSNBC?????
MSNBC is NOTHING but HATE.
Said staffer has since joined the "WhiteHut Plumbers Corps" as an intern with a 6-digit salary....
And MSNBC might hate Romney having a black grandchild.
Exactly. Any apology is insufficient until MSNBC publicly names the author and fires him or her.
Good. I watched this interview. He was owed an apology.
The head of MSNBC or NBC is going to be on Hannity tonight to explain. Should be interesting.
It’s mean network. Our people should stay away from the haters at MSNBC and NBC.
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Oh, now that's the biggest load of horse hockey!