RNC Chairman calls for boycott of MSNBC over racist tweet


According to a report on Brietbart  MSNBC President Phil Griffin issued an apology to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and “everyone offended” by the tweet (see below) posted last night that implied that the “rightwing” hates biracial families.

The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that is 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.

Phil Griffin

In a memo to  All Republican Elected Officials, Strategists, Surrogates, and Pundits and in an email to contributors, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called for a national boycott of MSNBC until the cable network’s president, Phil Griffin, apologizes for a tweet posted last night which suggested that the “rightwing” hates bi-racial families.  The tweet linked to a Cheerios commercial featuring a bi-racial family using the breakfast cereal as a discussion prop between father and daughter, rather than as food.

Here’s there tweet:



Here is the commercial

Priebus said:

While we understand MSNBC will go to great lengths to discredit Republicans and conservatives, this kind of attack on the millions of Americans who identify with the political right is offensive and unacceptable. Unfortunately, this tweet is just the latest in a pattern of poor statements by MSNBC and its hosts.

This morning I left a message with MSNBC President Phil Griffin to express my displeasure. I have sent him a letter demanding that he personally, as president of the network, take responsibility and apologize for the disgusting tweet. Until he takes internal corrective action and personally apologizes—not just to the RNC but to all right-of-center Americans—I’m banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC.

As an elected official, strategist, or surrogate, I’m asking for you to agree to the same.

We can have our political disagreements with MSNBC, but using biracial families to launch petty and ridiculous political attacks is low, even by MSNBC’s standards. It only coarsens our political discourse.

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.

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.

I am confident that he will want to “lean forward” and prove to the American people that he does not condone this behavior. I look forward to his apology and corrective action.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Republican Party | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “RNC Chairman calls for boycott of MSNBC over racist tweet”

  1. The Only Reason said at 5:39 pm on January 30th, 2014:

    This is just another charade because not hours earlier the RNC Chair and Congressman Ryan were on there trying to sell amnesty which the majority of Americans do not want. YES folks, the new plan is indeed amnesty.

    That aside, for Republicans to go on MessNBC to try and sell something that most of their viewers won’t buy is their attempt to be liked by liberals.

    Why, it’s NO different than the vaunted Bayshore Tea Party Group talking to Huffpo, “it won’t compute”

    Yeah, MessNBC, the home of decisiveness and race baiting



    So, now that MessNBC has apologized, I guess the ban will be lifted. But, does anyone REALLY believe such sins won’t happen again over there?

    How can it not happen? It’s a seething cesspool of hate for all things Republican and Conservative.
    Just laying out the facts folks…

    Jim Granelli

  2. Newsertainment said at 6:08 pm on January 30th, 2014:

    It’s Newsertainment, Jim. The TV gets the “news” from the same place that the rest of us get the “news” from these days, the internet, including prime local resources like MMM. In order to try to be relevant, the television broadcasters sell you a live, reality TV show where the actors pretend to be anchors and the story line claims to be “news”. Based on your heated interest, it sounds like they have you hooked into the show, or at least talking about their show. If I may suggest an alternatives, WWE on Monday Night and Sabado Gigante, even if you don’t speak Spanish, on Saturday night.

  3. A bit late, folks, said at 9:49 pm on January 30th, 2014:

    We boycotted MSNBC a long time ago- you wanna listen to the best mouthpiece for the leftist play book and talking points, they are your gang.. We find them abrasive, uninformed, and disgustingly insulting to anyone not parroting their leftist views, especially Conservative women, so, any credibility for that mess of an irrelevant outlet, is very long gone!

  4. Republican in name and actions said at 9:32 am on January 31st, 2014:

    Boycott MSNBC. Oh brother, where have they been. I havent watched msnbc in many many years.

    Get on board. Stop going on MSNBC, The Today Show with Matt(liberal)Lauer, stop going on CNN etc….

    Non of the interviews that take place on any of these liberal propaganda outlets have any balance.

  5. Republican in name and actions said at 9:36 am on January 31st, 2014:

    Where is Bill on DEM. Will they weigh in on this like they did on the Bob Walsh article.

    Oh thats right this is not name calling in their world.

  6. The apology is said at 11:56 am on January 31st, 2014:

    BS. The tweet accomplished exactly what they wanted it to. Paint conservatives against bi racial families and get that bogus opinion and garbage in the main stream. The apology is not going to get any coverage.

    The damage is done and this network and Priebus accomplished exactly what they wanted.

    Liberals are the most devious, underhanded and sneaky people I have ever seen or met. They would vote for Satan if a (D) was after his name.

    Signed off by

    A republican from a bi racial family.

  7. Hey bill said at 8:25 pm on January 31st, 2014:

    When will you denounce the hate over at MSNBC?

    Jim Granelli