UPDATE: MSNBC Fires Staffer Behind Tweet after RNC Boycott

Reince Priebus announced that Republican National Committee officials and staffers will boycott appearing on MSNBC until its president, Phil Griffin, apologizes for a tweet from the network’s account that the “rightwing” would “hate” an upcoming commercial featuring a biracial family.

Breitbart News reports that Priebus has “banned all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC.” He has also encouraged other Republican surrogates and officials to follow suit, according to a letter sent to Griffin.

The call for “corrective action” from the network comes after MSNBC tweeted a link about an upcoming Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family with the comment that “maybe the rightwing will hate it.” But Priebus said the boycott is a reaction to more than just thattweet, pointing to the network’s tumultuous history of making offensive comments, including recent ones from hosts Martin Bashir and Melissa Harris-Perry.

UPDATE: The RNC’s strategy appeared to be effective. Communications director Sean Spicer tweeted that Griffin has not only apologized for the offensive tweet, but fired the employee behind it.

On the Cycle, Ari Melber read Griffin’s response to Priebus and the RNC on the air.

Most Popular

U.S.

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More