Fox News reports: MSNBC President Phil Griffin, faced with an uproar online, apologized to the Republican national chairman for an “outrageous and unacceptable” tweet by the network that accused conservatives of hostility toward biracial families. Griffin, who acted hours after party chairman Reince Priebus vowed to keep Republicans off the cable channel, also said he has fired the staffer involved. “We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it,” Griffin said in a statement. “I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended.” Voila, apologies were offered, people were fired, and Liberals left gaping. By going bold, RNC had put the ball back in their court. Perhaps people had been looking for this for a while and finally the Conservative Party delivered.
Even before Priebus turned the monumentally offensive Twitter message into a political issue, other Twitter users delivered a thunderous condemnation almost instantaneously, well before the mainstream media noticed the trend. MSNBC was pummeled online for attributing a kind of racial animosity to conservatives, done in the guise of commenting on an advertisement. Richard Wolffe, who runs the network’s website, earlier said the tweet was “dumb and offensive,” adding “that’s not who we are at msnbc.” The news channel has deleted the tweet. Priebus demanded that Griffin apologize. He said no Republican staffers would appear on the network until he did, and he urged officeholders and strategists to steer clear as well. “While we understand MSNBC will go to great lengths to discredit Republicans and conservatives,” Priebus said in a statement, “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.”
In a surprise move from ordinary people as well, much like their reaction to the Duck Dynasty controversy over big duck Phil’s personal comments and A&E, which forced the network to ignore GLAAD; Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel’s mockery of Mitt Romney and his adopted black grandson, for which she profusely apologized and other MSNBC Commentators and their vile comments. An offensive tweet creating havoc was the last thing that MSNBC needed! Online protests took a visual turn, and Michelle Malkin, who runs the conservative site Twitchy, set off a storm by putting up posts as: “Going to put my #MyRightwingBiracialFamily to bed now.” and “Take notice all the rest of you left-wing race card players. Your smears WILL be crushed.” The social network was flooded by folks posting pictures of black and white blended families and letting MSNBC know their constant disparaging of Conservative folks was not going to be tolerated any more. Howard Kurtz aptly stated, “Twitter has a do-it-yourself policing function that can careen out of control but also functions as a rough democracy.” And so Twitter did!