Friday, January 31, 2014

Cheerios Tweet Riles Reince into MSNBC Boycott

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Lately there's a media pattern in which someone on MSNBC criticizes a conservative and immediately there is a huge brouhaha backlash calling for that person to be fired. It happened to Martin Bashir for criticizing Sarah Palin. Melissa Harris-Perry had to apologize to Mitt Romney. And now someone has lost their job over a tweet about a sequel to the biracial Cheerios ad that was met with racist backlash last year.

I guess Reince has shaken his etch-a-sketch so he can pretend the GOP has nothing to do with racism, nor did anyone associated with Republicans write nasty comments on the Cheerios YouTube account last year. He can live in a state of denial but wasn't MSNBC the network that was supposed to be leaning "Forward" and away from the Republican Party? Well, not lately! Phil Griffin will bend over backwards to apologize to any Tea Partier who has a gripe about MSNBC. Twitter is getting revenge, though, with a parody account: @MSNBCApology

From Huffington Post
The controversy began Wednesday, when MSNBC tweeted about a new Cheerios ad similar to one that was met with racist backlash last year.

"Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family," the tweet read.

MSNBC later deleted the message and apologized.


RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was Perturbed:

Until you personally and publicly apologize for this behavior, I have banned all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC. I have asked Republican surrogates and officials to follow our lead.
~ Message from Reince Priebus to President Phil Griffin of MSNBC

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. 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 from all sides to participate. That will never change.
~ Statement from Phil Griffin to Reince Priebus

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