There are so many questions I could as here. Are they only upset that the people are white or that they are Conservative? Can Conservatives of other races be hired and it be okay? How about if white liberals are hired, is that cool?
One thing is certain though….there are 175,000 signatures on a petition that certifies each and every single one of them is a whiny, snot-nosed liberal.
The progressives are speaking out on MSNBC’s new programming changes, and they are not happy at all. The news company made a shift to the center right with some of their new hires, and now their liberal fans are in a fury.
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When liberals are upset, you know what happens….Usually one of three things:
In this case, the action is of petitions. The latest one, hosted on Credo Action, wants to “Stop the white conservative hiring spree at MSNBC.”
Which once again leads me to my original questions: is it only bad is they are both white and conservative or….
The petition reads:
“After President Obama won in 2008, FOX News did not hire dozens of progressive, female, Black and Brown, young TV personalities in order to speak to the Obama coalition.
So why on earth is MSNBC pushing out Black and Brown voices and filling its network with hard-line extreme conservatives?1
NBC had troubling ties to Trump during the presidential campaign and gave the racist sexual predator a national platform.2 Now MSNBC, too, is tilting to the right. We need to let NBC executives know that there will be a sharp backlash if MSNBC becomes another platform for right-wing hate.
Tell NBC executives: Stop the white conservative hiring spree at MSNBC.
The man in charge of MSNBC has made it clear that he wants to make the network whiter and more conservative – even though the ratings of progressive shows are skyrocketing. He is, in the words of reporter Ryan Grim, “resisting the resistance.”3
Andrew Lack, the chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, aims to make them more “centrist,” by which he means bringing in conservative voices. Just look at the recent hires:4,5,6
- Nicole Wallace, a former spokesperson for President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, will get her own show.
- George Will, the conservative columnist, climate denier and campus rape apologist, signed a lucrative contributor contract.
- Hugh Hewitt, the right-wing talk radio host who recently defended Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, will get his own show.
- Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, both conservative former FOX News hosts, have been given daytime TV shows.
In the process, Lack has pushed out Black and Brown talent including Melissa Harris Perry, Alex Wagner, Touré Neblett, Dorian Warren, Michael Eric Dyson, Adam Howard, Jamil Smith, Jose Diaz-Balart and Tamron Hall. In fact, Lack has a history of replacing Black on-air personalities wherever he goes.7America needs voices like these now more than ever, and we need to make it clear to Lack that we are paying attention and there will be consequences.”
Back in May, a protest was scheduled to march on NBC headquarters after reports that progressive host Lawrence O’Donnell’s contract might not get extended. A petition on Change.org to save O’Donnell’s job received 16,000 signatures before the network announced earlier this month that he would be keeping his show.
Rumors also circulated last month that MSNBC president Phil Griffin, the man responsible for building up the channel’s successful prime time line up, would be getting the boot in June. According to reports, he signed a multi-year contract at the end of May.
Although Griffin maintains his position as president of the network, the new petition sets its sight on NBC President Andy Lack, who has been reportedly behind the programming changes.
“…Lack has pushed out Black and Brown talent including Melissa Harris Perry, Alex Wagner, Touré Neblett, Dorian Warren, Michael Eric Dyson, Adam Howard, Jamil Smith, Jose Diaz-Balart and Tamron Hall. In fact, Lack has a history of replacing Black on-air personalities wherever he goes,” the petition’s author alleges.
Viewers aren’t the only ones perplexed by Lack’s decisions. Former Huffington Post reporter Ryan Griffin wrote a long exposé in May reporting on frustrations by MSNBC producers and employees over Lack’s vision for future of the company.
So will MSNBC give in to the looney liberal demands or keep working for the trust of Conservatives?
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