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MSNBC Fires Author of ‘Unacceptable’ Tweet, Phil Griffin Apologizes to RNC Chair (TVNewser)
Responding to RNC chair Reince Priebus‘ demand for an apology over an offensive tweet suggesting conservatives are against interracial marriage, MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and network president Phil Griffin has apologized to Priebus. Griffin’s apology comes after Priebus banned all RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC. THR / The Live Feed The full tweet, sent Wednesday at 8:06 p.m. from the MSNBC Twitter account, read: “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” In an email to “interested parties,” RNC communications director Sean Spicer noted that Priebus and Griffin spoke by phone on Thursday. “We appreciate Griffin’s admission that their comment was demeaning and disgusting, and the chairman accepted his apology,” wrote Spicer, adding that the RNC “will aggressively monitor the network to see whether their pattern of unacceptable behavior actually changes.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Shortly before 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, MSNBC apologized for the tweet, which it called “offensive,” and announced that it would be deleting it. “Earlier, this account tweeted an offensive line about the new Cheerios ad. We deeply regret it. It does not reflect the position of msnbc,” the network wrote on Twitter. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Note, too, the wording in the apology regarding the firing: “We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.” It doesn’t say that they’ve dismissed the person who wrote the tweet, merely the person “responsible” for it. As argued earlier on the Erik Wemple Blog, “responsibility” for that tweet could well encompass many different folks at the network.