MSNBC Goes To Free Speech Jail For Pointing Out Racist People Are Racist (Updated)

Rightwingers are never racist. Rightwingers are never racist. Rightwingers are never racist. Rightwingers are never racist. Rightwingers are never racist. Rightwingers are never racist. Rightwingers are never racist. Rightwingers are never racist. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s go look at the comments UNDER AN ARTICLE about threatening to boycott MSNBC for calling rightwingers racist!

See, what happened was that Cheerios released a sequel to its ad from last summer that, yes, actually did get a lot of angry reactions from racist wingnuts because it depicted a multiracial family. White Power Rangers grumped about the original so much that General Mills disabled comments on its YouTube page. So now, for the Super Bowl, there’s a sequel, with white mommy, black daddy, and almost anguish-inducingly cute daughter. Someone at MSNBC goofed, though, and tweeted — and quickly deleted — this terrible affront to every conservative in America:
The horror! The horror!

The poutrage was nearly instantaneous, although MSNBC quickly apologized, calling the earlier tweet “offensive” and saying that “It does not reflect msnbc’s position and we apologize.” Not good enough. Someone needs to be fired, or maybe burned at the stake.

The apology came just before 11:00 Eastern Wednesday night; nonetheless, first thing Thursday morning, RNC chair Reince Priebus told MSNBC that no one in the RNC would appear on the network until the network really apologized right:

“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,” Priebus told MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a letter sent today.

Priebus also sent a memo to Republican officials and surrogates urging them not to appear on the network until Griffin apologizes.

In fact, said Priebus, the RNC has just about had enough of the thousand insults of MSNBC. This was just the last straw, the most unspeakable hate speech possible toward conservatives:

“This is more than just a tweet or an offhand comment. This is part of a pattern of behavior that has gotten markedly worse, and until Phil Griffin personally apologizes and takes corrective action, we cannot be part of this network’s toxic programming,” Priebus said.

“MSNBC hosts—including Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, and Ronan Farrow just to name a few—have had a troubling streak in the last several weeks of making comments that belittle and demean Americans without furthering any thoughtful dialogue. Perhaps it’s time for the executives at MSNBC to consider whether their network is upholding a meaningful journalistic mission,” the Wisconsin Republican added.

As Dan Savage notes, Fox News has never apologized for its hosts and guests who call their fellow Americans treasonous or mentally ill fascists at least ten times a day, but that, after all, is merely an accurate description, not a slur upon an entire category of Americans. There simply is no racism on the right, as commenters on Breitbart’s first post about the ad were eager to prove:

a disgusting ad. They keep trying to ram this garbage down our throats.

Are whites really that upset about this commercial?
For decades we have been inundated with favorable portrayals of black men on TV and in the movies.


this is exactly what gots Trayvon kilt.


Who hates black men/white women marriages more than anyone?
That’s right, black women. They are consumed with hatred for it.
But they are never called racists. Only whites are.


Well, you can’t blame them… their women sorta look like men


for Easter they’ll unveil a BI/GAY family – a black daddy and a white daddy, one a pimp


Obamas’ daddy was a street thug otherwise he would be a better human being


It would be more realistic if the mom weighed 350 lbs but the part with the dad laying on the couch midday is spot on. I bet it’s a week day too.

But don’t worry, those comments, singled out by Little Green Footballs, just had to have been false flags written by liberals pretending to be conservatives. We found a few others, such as this gem from “Southern Nationalist,” which Brietbart commenters attacked as clearly from a “liberal”:

Very sick commercial featuring one of the many godless perversions Jews and race-traitorous anti-white liberals brought to every White country they infiltrated. Like homosexuality, drug use and pornography, miscegenation is such a despicable act that only inferior liberal deranged race-traitors do to bring destruction to our White race. The truth about interracial marriage is there is a whopping 75% divorce rate in interracial marriages and creating children with no racial identity brings nothing but problems. Another thing wrong about miscegenation is that parents will often DISOWN the child that engages in race-mixing. It’s time to stop this madness. We need to breed with our OWN kind. That’s the level that God set for us.

Or maybe this one is also secretly from a liberal:

It’s 2014 nobody cares if a family is bi-racial. I am just glad that they are a married family. That is conservative. It’s not a baby mama with two bi-racial babies livin’ on welfare and buying those Cheerios with food stamps.

See, the good married bi-racials are OK. It’s the baby mamas with two kids on welfare that make The Blacks look bad.

In any case, can’t you liberals stop your fascist mentally ill violence against America long enough to recognize that political discussion occasionally gets a little high-spirited? And stop libeling conservatives, because there is no racism on the right. Say, did we mention that Robert Byrd was in the KKK and Hitler was a liberal?

UPDATE: Here is a big surprise! MSNBC President Phil Griffin has apologized for hurting the fee-fees of the non-racists of the rightwing, according to a statement:

“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,” Griffin wrote in a statement.

“I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended,” he continued. “At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.”

So, yet another MSNBC monster fired for being terrible, although it’s clearly not enough — what do you want to bet there will be calls for Griffin to resign, too? So, anonymous tweet person, Bashir, and Alex Baldwin are gone, which only proves how irresponsible MSNBC for having ever hired them in the first place. Or maybe it’s a rope-a-dope, and they’re just waiting to demand that Fox fire Bill O’Reilly for his many sins. That must be it.

Over at the RNC, Communications Director Sean Spicer expressed satisfaction that the network had fired a rogue element, and acknowledged that sometimes people make mistakes… oh, like fun he did. In a memo to RNC staff, he basically said that although he got the apology he asked for, MSNBC remains monstrous and must be watched for further offenses:

“We appreciate Mr. Griffin’s admission that their comment was demeaning and disgusting, and the Chairman accepted his apology. We will aggressively monitor the network to see whether their pattern of unacceptable behavior actually changes,” Spicer wrote. “We don’t expect their liberal bias to change, but we will call them out when political commentary devolves into personal and belittling attacks.”

If only the traitors and race-baiters at MSNBC would play fair, like Fox. And, of course, in the comments on the Breitbart article on the apology, we learn that while MSNBC’s racism is unacceptable, there’s also plenty of reason to be concerned about all those black thugs out there:

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, in the year 2008 black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58.5% of youth arrests for homicide and 67% for robbery. Black youths were overrepresented in all offense categories except DUI, liquor laws and drunkenness.

And the conversation continues.

[Breitbart / The Slog / Breitbart via LGF / Politico]

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  • Tommy__T

    If Andrew Breitbart wasn’t dead, this would kill him.Fortunately, he’s dead.

    • Ellis_Weiner

      THERE’S your win-win.

  • Annie Towne

    Reading that shit actually made me feel ill.

  • Mimihaha

    But it is the rightwingers who will hate this ad.

  • Yellojkt

    Conservatives have gotten very good at milking liberal guilt to silence their critics.

    • malsperanza

      Nah, this isn’t liberal guilt; just liberal good manners.

      • temporarily’tom’

        yeah. well, cut it the fuck out…

        • temporarily’tom’

          I mean, let us stinking liberals OWN our liberalism… ” yeah, I said that, you don’t like it? prove me WRONG…”

  • Gayer Than Thou

    First of all, if I never have to see another Republican party lackey on my TV, so much the better. And if this adorable biracial child is the way to make that happen, win-win-win. Second, can I take this to mean that the RNC agrees that it is a “right-wing” organization, with whatever that implies? (Except racism, obvs., because they are totes down with the brown, just based on what I can see at their conventions.)

    • PubOption

      As you say, there appears to be no mention of Repubs in the tweet. Priebus should have kept his mouth shut.

      • glasspusher

        Maybe we should thank him for confirming what we already suspected?

  • Duckler

    Aw, are they taking their little racism ball and going home..? Boo hoo.

  • TheLifeSilica

    I’m reminded of the side of the Fox News chopper in The Simpsons, “Not Racist, but #1 With Racists”.

  • Unholy Moses

    If I worked in MSNBC’s PR department, my response would’ve been simple:”We apologize for a tweet telling the truth. We know how much distress that causes some in the conservative movement. We ask that conservatives never listen or read what we have to say or write again. Thank you.”That or a simple, “Reince Priebus* said what? Who care? Fuck that guy.”Of course, there might be a reason I’ve never been promoted …(* The fact I pay so much attention to politics that I can spell his name correctly saddens me deeply.)

  • docterry6973

    Hey NBC. Real profile in courage there.

  • Jan Ness

    MSNBC should thank RP for this…they don’t have to book any of the right wing nut-jobs for the whole year!

  • I really hope “dismissed” means he said, “Ok get out of my office. Conversation over. Get back to work.” Otherwise, that just sucks.

  • We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet

    I’m sure the right-wing outrage at someone’s First Amendment right to say whatever he wants without consequences being violated will commence aaaanytime now.

    • LesBontemps

      He didn’t say the magic word “Jesus.”

  • Señor Skwerl

    Once again, according to white power racial theories, I am master of the White Race. I direct you to marry whomever will damn well have you. Now if you excuse me, I have to shape shift and feast on aborted babies.

  • Ellis_Weiner

    “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.”Promises, promises…

    • ZippyDK

      The days of lockstep obedience in the GOP ended with their four “official” responses to the State of the Union speech.

  • FeloniousMonk

    Somewhat surprised the “read more” link lead here. I see nothing nice or happy in this. Any chance the good guys at MSNBC (Maddow, Hayes, …?) can get this person reinstated? Oh. Carry on, then.

  • randomworker

    It’s everywhere. This is one of my favorite threads over at National Review Online – supposedly the serious conservatives serious website. In honor of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday. This was a vile cesspool of the most abject racism imaginable and they left it unmoderated basically for a full day. The moderators eventually did take out some of the trash but plenty remains. This is what passes for discourse at the highest levels of conservative thought. About 3000 comments. The usual item gets 5 to maybe 100, 200 at the most. was another good one. The white supremacists really came out of the woodwork on this one.

  • Michael Rappaport

    But where was the word ‘Republican’ in the tweet? Is Priebus claiming/admitting that ‘rightwing’ is a synonym?

  • MilwaukeeKent

    “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww:…”THAT, that was the offensive statement?How thin the skin on Priebus and the RNC.Phil, here’s your press release for tomorrow morning:”After careful thought, MSNBC has decided that there was actually nothing offensive in the tweet that caused outrage on the part of the RNC and Mr. Reince Priebus. After monitoring the last 24 hours of the Fox News Channel and conservative talk radio, as well as the statements of their Republican guests (see attached examples, pages 2-65) we have decided to rehire and promote the alleged offender. As to our previous hasty and ill-advised apology, we amend it to read “We apologize if you were offended”.

  • hellslittlestangel

    I can’t seem to find the “Contact Us” link on MSNBC’s site. I sure would like to tell Griffin he’s a cowardly twit.

  • Dylan Black

    What is really silly and mildly disturbing is that the GOP clearly not only perceives itself to BE the right wing, but that they want to treat situations where people say or do something racist, sexist, or stupid (or failing to be “politically correct”, as they would put it) as some kind of ongoing transactional contest in our culture with the “leftwing”.They think that every time someone gets fired for saying something that IS actually racist and offensive, it is a point scored in this “game” for the side of godless liberal commies like the people who frequent HNTP and Wonkette. Then in the event that some self obsessed jerk like Alex Baldwin who happens to have left of center political views makes a similar mistake by labeling THEM in a derogatory matter, they believe it is a point to their side?Its just frustrating since I sort of want our major media and political figures to act like adults and not like teenagers on a message board?

    • elvigy

      This just smacks too much of “both sides do it”. They don’t. At least, people in power on the left don’t. While Gohmert and Cruz and King and Bachmann, and others with actual power to enact laws and set agendas on the right, scream about liberals being communists, Nazis, “the real racists”, traitors, ad nauseum, nothing is said or done.But on the left we have, who? Name someone in power who is calling Republicans names. Alec Baldwin? Who gives a sh**. Some unknown intern at MSNBC? Ridiculous.My point being that for the most part, the powerbrokers on the left pretty much do act like adults. In fact, that’s why they are always the ones apologizing. It IS the rightwing that are acting like petulant little brats who, as the old saying goes, can dish it out but can’t take it.

      • Dylan Black

        Yeah I think you misread my comment, I was in no way saying “both sides do it”. I was trying to say its difficult for people who ARE adults to get anything done in legislatures or expressed in the Media when people who DO see it as some type of juvenile back and forth are dominating the discourse. I would readily agree most of these people live in the “right” side of the political spectrum, which is why they get SO excited when someone “from the left” plays into their game. They also get really excited when some has-been “left wing” academic like camille paglia “betrays” her supposed confederates by agreeing with their views on something.So yeah no a handful of immature and loud twits aside, I was saying its MOSTLY right wingers who perpetrate this viewpoint in the media and who lap it up in the public. So we pretty much agree, hence I think you misread my original comment :)

  • glasspusher

    I would have advised RP to say: “Sadly, there are extremists on both sides of the political spectrum. Perhaps those on the left would do better to examine all extreme and intolerant views”

  • BMW

    I called my table an “asshole” after I stubbed my toe. Reince Priebus demanded an apology.

    • eqbal00

      I called my asshole a table. No one noticed, or cared. I am offended by the non-response. I call Reince Priebus an asshole. Anyone bugged?

  • hippie1367

    The dems should just refuse to go on FOX until apologies are issued – NEVER

  • hippie1367

    The right of white trash racists to not have their feelings hurt shall not be abridged

  • Haribo Lector

    So basically, someone at a news outlet got fired for telling the truth. What a shit world we live in.

  • x111e7thst

    The right hand does not admit that the far right hand is racist

  • ZippyDK

    Fun Fact: Reince Priebus anagrams into Re: Bicep Urine.

  • JayGoldenBeach

    Some of the republicans deserve to be kicked right in their tea bags.

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