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MSNBC president apologizes to Priebus
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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 network’s 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. Griffin’s 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 don’t 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 Romney’s adopted grandson. And host Martin Bashir resigned after making vulgar remarks about the former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

—Updated at 4:50 p.m.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: apology; cheerios; msnbc; racecard
At this rate no one will be left..........except Chrissy Tingle........
1 posted on 01/30/2014 2:09:33 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


2 posted on 01/30/2014 2:11:18 PM PST by CatOwner
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To: Sub-Driver

Will MSNBC apologize to my bi-racial relatives who are conservative????


3 posted on 01/30/2014 2:12:14 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Sub-Driver

Their personnel template is titled “Lowest Common Denominator” - it is never difficult to find another ‘rager to fill the holes.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 2:12:42 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Sub-Driver

MSNBC has made more apologies lately than Obama on his “apology tour” did right after his first inauguration.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 2:14:03 PM PST by TheGipperWasRight
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To: Sub-Driver

Does MSNBC’s Twitter account have an auto apology button?


6 posted on 01/30/2014 2:14:08 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: CatOwner

What damage? This appears to have harmed them more than us.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 2:15:57 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Who exactly was the author of the tweet?


8 posted on 01/30/2014 2:16:08 PM PST by Bill W was a conservative (Profile, detain, interrogate, deport.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The GOP's MSNBC Amnesty Game

-Rush-

9 posted on 01/30/2014 2:20:03 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Bill W was a conservative
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.

10 posted on 01/30/2014 2:22:43 PM PST by stormhill
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


11 posted on 01/30/2014 2:23:48 PM PST by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: Bill W was a conservative

“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.


12 posted on 01/30/2014 2:24:19 PM PST by DAC21
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To: DAC21
I want a name,otherwise the firing never happened.

My very first thought.

13 posted on 01/30/2014 2:26:48 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: Sub-Driver
The network apologized Wednesday night in a pair of tweets, saying it did not reflect MSNBC's position.

Like hell it didn't. BTT

14 posted on 01/30/2014 2:28:29 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Sub-Driver
I read this headline: MSNBC president apologizes to Priebus

..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?

15 posted on 01/30/2014 2:28:49 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: CatOwner

Apology accepted, but we know who you are now.

And the recommendation stands that no conservative/GOP should go on their network.


16 posted on 01/30/2014 2:30:11 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver

MSNBC all racists all the time.


17 posted on 01/30/2014 2:35:22 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Sub-Driver

RNC needs to request a permanent ongoing boycott of MSNBC...just on basic principles


18 posted on 01/30/2014 2:37:01 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


19 posted on 01/30/2014 2:38:19 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Sub-Driver
"MSNBC president apologizes to Priebus"

One Liberal to another.

20 posted on 01/30/2014 2:39:41 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: Lazamataz

...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.


21 posted on 01/30/2014 2:40:08 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Sub-Driver
I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended.

Non apology.

Apologize for doing something that is wrong... not for someone else's feelings.

22 posted on 01/30/2014 2:53:04 PM PST by Principled
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To: Sub-Driver

You mean the GOP does not boycott MSNBC?????


23 posted on 01/30/2014 3:02:14 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Sub-Driver

MSNBC is NOTHING but HATE.


24 posted on 01/30/2014 3:05:54 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Sub-Driver
MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Thursday apologized for the network’s offensive tweet aimed at the GOP and said he had fired the staffer responsible.

Said staffer has since joined the "WhiteHut Plumbers Corps" as an intern with a 6-digit salary....

25 posted on 01/30/2014 3:25:38 PM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Sub-Driver

And MSNBC might hate Romney having a black grandchild.


26 posted on 01/30/2014 4:07:18 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Bill W was a conservative
Who exactly was the author of the tweet?

Exactly. Any apology is insufficient until MSNBC publicly names the author and fires him or her.

27 posted on 01/30/2014 4:28:32 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good. I watched this interview. He was owed an apology.


28 posted on 01/30/2014 5:14:18 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: Sub-Driver

The head of MSNBC or NBC is going to be on Hannity tonight to explain. Should be interesting.


29 posted on 01/30/2014 5:37:02 PM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: Williams

It’s mean network. Our people should stay away from the haters at MSNBC and NBC.


30 posted on 01/30/2014 5:44:37 PM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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31 posted on 01/30/2014 5:47:49 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sub-Driver
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.”

Oh, now that's the biggest load of horse hockey!

32 posted on 01/31/2014 4:49:22 PM PST by SuziQ
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