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Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:43 PM

MSNBC Chief Phil Griffin Apologizes for ‘Outrageous’ Tweet; Dismisses Responsible Person

Source: Mediaite

Following the Republican National Committee’s announcement of a boycott of MSNBC in response to a tweet that suggested “the rightwing” would “hate” a commercial featuring a bi-racial couple, the network’s president Phil Griffin issued an apology.

The Cycle host Ari Melber read the statement on-air this afternoon:

“The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged it 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. Signed, Phil Griffin.”

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-chief-phil-griffin-apologizes-for-outrageous-tweet-dismisses-responsible-person/



BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

First they fired Martin Bashir for making a crude yet compelling response to Sarah Palin comparing Obamacare to slavery. Now all this drama over an innocent joke that reveals how (sadly, way too many) Americans on the right think? Phil Griffin is an incompetent boob who would rather let right wingers get an unearned win than stand up to their idiocy.

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Reply MSNBC Chief Phil Griffin Apologizes for ‘Outrageous’ Tweet; Dismisses Responsible Person (Original post)
alp227 Jan 30 OP
monmouth3 Jan 30 #1
Cha Jan 30 #12
Scairp Jan 30 #44
elzenmahn Jan 31 #53
KamaAina Jan 30 #2
Akoto Jan 30 #3
another_liberal Jan 30 #10
Akoto Jan 30 #14
another_liberal Jan 30 #17
90-percent Jan 31 #57
whathehell Jan 31 #58
Blue_Tires Jan 31 #62
rurallib Jan 30 #29
blkmusclmachine Jan 30 #40
Ian David Jan 30 #4
OneCrazyDiamond Jan 30 #5
villager Jan 30 #6
elehhhhna Jan 30 #42
Dawson Leery Jan 30 #7
another_liberal Jan 30 #8
Botany Jan 30 #9
Fred Sanders Jan 30 #30
The Wizard Jan 30 #32
adirondacker Jan 30 #38
blkmusclmachine Jan 30 #41
AlbertCat Jan 30 #11
OKNancy Jan 30 #13
bitchkitty Jan 30 #27
villager Jan 31 #47
Alamuti Lotus Jan 30 #15
another_liberal Jan 30 #18
Alamuti Lotus Jan 30 #20
whathehell Feb 1 #63
warrant46 Feb 1 #64
whathehell Feb 1 #65
silverweb Jan 30 #16
SCVDem Jan 30 #19
AAO Jan 31 #61
Politicub Jan 30 #21
SoapBox Jan 30 #22
xxqqqzme Jan 30 #23
frylock Jan 30 #24
90-percent Jan 30 #25
elzenmahn Jan 31 #55
heaven05 Jan 30 #26
Kelvin Mace Jan 30 #28
Gothmog Jan 30 #31
PatrynXX Jan 30 #33
PDittie Jan 30 #34
SunSeeker Jan 30 #35
blackspade Jan 30 #36
sakabatou Jan 31 #48
Jack Rabbit Jan 30 #37
Doctor_J Jan 30 #39
Paladin Jan 30 #43
PearliePoo2 Jan 31 #50
Paladin Jan 31 #51
AlinPA Jan 30 #45
ificandream Jan 30 #46
Enthusiast Jan 31 #49
Liberalynn Jan 31 #52
JustAnotherGen Jan 31 #54
PeteSelman Jan 31 #56
maddiemom Jan 31 #59
Paladin Jan 31 #60

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:48 PM

1. I would bet he and Joe are close friends. Phil needs to go..n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:18 PM

12. Phil did hire Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow.. and had great

things to say about them.. just sayin.

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 10:01 PM

44. Well they WILL hate it

The person was just telling a truth. Perhaps is was wrong to tweet that because wingers getting their panties in a bunch was rather predictable, but you don't fire someone for it. Why is MSNBC running scared from the crazy right? I don't get it. And I miss Martin Bashir a lot.

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Response to Scairp (Reply #44)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:27 AM

53. Because the Crazy Right serves the interest of Corporate America...

...and don't kid yourself - MSNBC, like the rest of the media, is only as "liberal" as their CONSERVATIVE corporate ownership allows them to be (in this case, Comcast).

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:51 PM

2. Buck-buck-BRAWWWK!!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:53 PM

3. Sorry, but MSNBC's a business, too. No business would let that stand. n/t

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Response to Akoto (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:15 PM

10. Really?

Being "A business" makes sucking up to the Republicans at the expense of the American people OK?

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:23 PM

14. I'm simply acknowledging the realistic business response to such an unsanctioned statement. n/t

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Response to Akoto (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:34 PM

17. I see what you mean . . .

But this is not just any business, it is a major news source which is trusted by millions of people. They can't just practice "good business."

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Response to Akoto (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:38 AM

57. unsanctioned?

the person that wrote it was doing the job they were hired to do, yes? That sounds pretty "sanctioned" to me.

Although I have not investigated the details.

next thing they'll fire somebody for giving driving directions:

"Do not take the first right turn." = grounds for dismissal.

-90%Jimmy

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Response to Akoto (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:41 AM

58. Fox News is a business, too and I don't see them apologizing for anything..

Griffin is a craven suck up and so are all others who put "business" interests over

self-respect and principle.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #58)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 02:26 PM

62. +1

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Response to Akoto (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:54 PM

29. Limbaugh's a business, FUX news is a business

they say shit like this all the time. Anybody ever get fired over there?

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Response to rurallib (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:28 PM

40. NO WAY, because IOKIYAR!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:53 PM

4. They should go ahead and make that damn commercial themselves before they apologize. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:53 PM

5. He is just being anti-fox news



Fox would have given who ever sent it a promotion. Maybe a time slot of their own.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:55 PM

6. We need to contact Phil Griffin about his -- and MSNBC's -- overweening cowardice


I found this e-dress from a previous DU post:

Phil.Griffin@nbcuni.com

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Response to villager (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:43 PM

42. bill gates probably demanded that. good luck.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 04:57 PM

7. Dead Intern Joe has a hand in all of this.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:10 PM

8. I admire the man, and agree with what he said.

Screw "Mr. Priebus," and the political party he rode in on.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:14 PM

9. "They" are upset over this tweet

“Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad
w/ biracial family,” the tweet read.

*********



The right wing has been working to keep people of color from having the same voting rights that
they enjoy for years and they are still doing that right now. Ever heard of Richard Nixon's "Southern
Strategy?" Which has been the foundation of the republican party for years and it now has a
bastard son called Fox News. Or how about Ronald Reagan starting his campaign in Neshoba County,
MS which has a very nasty history as per treatment of people of color.

The problem with so many people on "our side" is they back the hell down when the right wing
clutches it's pearls and hits the fainting couch about the nasty thing we liberal say. God damn it
the man spoke the truth that some right wingers will be upset over a nice imagine of a biracial
marriage.

We should all be jumping up and down and saying A TRUTH TWEET IS A SWEET THING MOTHERFUCKERS
AND IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT SHOW US WHERE IT WAS WRONG AND MR. RINSE PENIS WHAT ABOUT THE
VOTING LINE IN THE PICTURE BELOW? SO KISS MY ASS YOU PEARL CLUTCHING D-BAG! THE TRUTH
HURTS DOESN'T IT?



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Response to Botany (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:54 PM

30. Touche, your sentiments are shared by many.

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Response to Botany (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 07:10 PM

32. Mr. Penis can't take the truth (NT)

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Response to Botany (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:04 PM

38. Post Rec! Well stated! nt

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Response to adirondacker (Reply #38)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:30 PM

41. When the GOP starts playing on a level playing field, call me. Until then...NO APOLOGIES!!!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:15 PM

11. But the DO hate a commercial featuring a bi-racial couple already.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:20 PM

13. Everyone here with a twitter account needs to copy and paste

the tweet and add @MSNBC to it.

“Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad
w/ biracial family,”

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:48 PM

27. Thank you! n/t

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 12:53 AM

47. Done.

Good suggestion.

Let a thousand flowers bloom...

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:25 PM

15. Operation: Give Republican Crybabies Everything They Want marches along.. :/

 

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:36 PM

18. Makes ya want to puke . . .

Don't it?

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:46 PM

20. "Lunches seized from Utah schoolkids" is still in the #1 Projectile Creation position

 

but this runs a close second. A more distant third place for the day of course is reserved for a semi-private matter here that I will not speak of, but it's overall been a real banner day for Puke Promotion. It's not even Friday, that's when the really nauseating stuff usually drops...

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 11:25 AM

63. I'm in a hotel now without MSNBC but I saw CNN run that story again..

These creeps actually THREW AWAY the lunches of kids who looked

about eight years old, rather than let those kids eat them, because their

parents were behind on their bill...You've got to be a REAL scumbag and, I

suspect, Right Wing Ideologue to do that and I'm NOT surprised it happened

in the most conservative state in the country.

The school did apologize -- bad PR, it seems -- but I'd love to know who name

and title of the bastard who ordered this.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #63)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 06:15 PM

64. Its survival of the fittest

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Response to warrant46 (Reply #64)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 07:33 PM

65. In the jungle...

not, I should think, in modern, first world nations.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:30 PM

16. Bad, bad precedent.

Now you've given the GOP editorial approval rights over your content.

Stupid, stupid, stupid, Griffin!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:45 PM

19. The last time Roger Ailes apologized was

Yeah, never!

It has never happened. Not for Beck, Hannity or any of the morning morons.

Definitely not for any offensive guests either.

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 02:23 PM

61. Bullshit - he once apologized for farting in the fox lunchroom.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 05:51 PM

21. I was hoping for an GOP-free election season on MSNBC

It would have been their loss.

Next I hope they get rid of Joe "as a conservative" Scarborough - but that's never going to happen.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:27 PM

22. Spineless fuck'n jellyfish!

Anyone know where we can find a backbone cheap? This wimp needs one.

p.s...another reason I stopped watching MSNBC.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:29 PM

23. Yep! Every time

M$NBC gives in to these RW assholes it just validates the ignorance they proudly spout. Does he think teabaggers are going to suddenly start watching because he caves?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:33 PM

24. that tweet was nowhere close to being offensive..

the only reason the right got wadded up is because it's the fucking truth. and nice job by griffin of perpetuating the myth that liberals will just roll over when commanded. fuckin bravo. clap. clap. clap.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:34 PM

25. Frank Coniff's (TV's Frank) recent comment on FB

Last edited Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:33 AM - Edit history (1)

Phil Griffin's latest apology to Reince Priebus makes me think that @MSNBC stands for Must Show No Balls Constantly.

-90% Jimmy

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Response to 90-percent (Reply #25)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:29 AM

55. There it is...

Last edited Sun Feb 16, 2014, 06:06 PM - Edit history (1)

...and they CAN'T show "balls", because of who owns them and funds them.

I've had it with MSNBC.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:41 PM

26. another shameful

capitulation. what is wrong that these RW jerks deserve all this deference. It's truly mind boggling.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:53 PM

28. Goddamn these people are spineless

I really wish we had that kind of power. We just bark on the media folds.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 06:58 PM

31. I did not find the substance of the tweet offensive

I really do not see anything wrong with the tweet

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 07:14 PM

33. well I told MSNBC thanks for becoming A&E

then I unfollowed them and tweeted the exact words of that tweet several times. compared to comparing Sandra Fluke to a sl** word even though I can swear here I won't. Rush is still working.. but someone states something that everyone else states and Phil has to apologize. clearly MSNBC is no longer a news outfit. well it hasn't been in sometime. all the proper news outfits are online. Huffingtonpost despite some problems in the comments sections is where I get my news. MSNBC just basically sealed the final nail in the coffin how the fact that the right is Racist is more offensive that saying Blacks enjoyed being beaten up, that 15-16 yr olds should marry and that Anus should be mentioned at all have no idea. So Conservatives are pussies

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 07:19 PM

34. The Tweet wasn't offensive in the least, and no one should have been fired

over it. Phil Griffin is a schlemiel to the craven right.

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Response to PDittie (Reply #34)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 07:24 PM

35. +1

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 07:28 PM

36. Griffin is such a spineless douchebag.

Idiot...

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Response to blackspade (Reply #36)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:24 AM

48. +1

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 07:59 PM

37. This is very disappointing

The GOP has morphed from a conservative party that worried about taxes being too high to a far right party for whom any taxation (especially on the upper income brackets) is too high and appeals to the kind of reprobates who would have a problem with somebody else's relationship with someone of a different race, a different religion or the same sex.

The tweet in question didn't mention the GOP by name, just right wingers. If it had substituted Republicans for rightwing perhaps an apology would be in order, since not every Republican is Klansman or on the staff of Bob Jones University.

As it is, Mr. Griffin apologized to Mr. Priebus, who by demanding an apology made a tacit admission that the GOP appeals to racists, misogynists, sectarian bigots and others who claim to love America while hating most Americans.

Having been half of a racially mixed marriage for twenty years, one which produced two bi-racial children who are now adults. Now that Mr. Griffin has apologized to Mr. Priebus, I would like to see if he apologizes to me.

My response to the thread about the tweet is here.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:14 PM

39. Easy for liberals to get fired from Big Media

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 08:44 PM

43. I'm going to be watching Facebook on Super Bowl Sunday and on subsequent days....

....and if I see the kind of ugly, right-wing responses I expect over the new cereal ad, I plan on making Phil Griffin aware of them. I am sick to death of liberal media people losing their jobs for actions that conservatives get away with on a daily basis.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #43)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:16 AM

50. Good on YOU!


That's a great plan and I doubt there will be any shortage of racist filth either!
Can you keep a tally of what you find and post some samples here so that those willing can send them to Mr. "Capitulate-In-Chief" Griffin?

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Response to PearliePoo2 (Reply #50)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:20 AM

51. Will try to do so, and I invite others to do the same. (nt)

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 10:10 PM

45. Aplologizing for the truth? That's bullshit. The rightwing hated the first commercial,

so they had a change and will now be OK with it? Now MSNBC is joining CNN and Fox 'news' as an RNC propaganda vehicle?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 11:32 PM

46. He said nothing wrong ...

... and he gets fired. Why did MSNBC let the RNC wimp them out?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 08:54 AM

49. The right wing is racist. They would purge the nation of minorities if they could.

That is just a fact. Too bad MSNBC can't face the truth.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:23 AM

52. Why is an apology necessary

When you are just speaking the TRUTH!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:29 AM

54. That's bananas

The tweet was true.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 09:32 AM

56. Don't EVER tell the truth.

If you're supposedly on the left.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 10:31 AM

59. An offhand remark on a tweet by lower level employee. But Msnbc must make an apology. and even

FIRE the employee? Meanwhile on- air right wing celebrities constantly revile liberals and denigrate the POTUS (who gets the least respect from them of any president in history...and no, jokes about G.W, Bush were never comparable). From them we get the very occasional non-personal apology ( sorry if I offended anyone). why isn't the "left wing" media all over this imbalance?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 11:25 AM

60. To MSNBC and you DU'ers doing the "We're So Sorry" tap dance:


Your choreography is being provided by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Tea Party-Kansas). Read about it in today's "Salon."

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