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11MSNBC Fires Employee Who Taunted Conservatives Over Biracial Cheerios Ad

Yesterday we told you about MSNBC’s tweet taunting conservatives over Cheerios upcoming Super Bowl ad featuring a biracial family.

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

The tweet was eventually removed by MSNBC, but not before conservative readers saw and reacted to it. Conservative personality Michelle Malkin encouraged conservatives on Twitter to post pictures of their interracial families with the hashtag #MyRightWingBiracialFamily. Thousands of users took Malkin up on the idea.

Today, MSNBC president Phil Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter that the employee who posted the tweet has been fired. He called the tweet “outrageous and unacceptable.”

“We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it," the statement continued. "We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet. I personally apologize to [Republican National Committee Chairman] 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."

Priebus sent a letter to Griffin on Thursday condemning the “demeaning attacks” that he alleges “have become a pattern” at MSNBC.

“With increasing frequency many of your hosts have personally denigrated and demeaned Americans -- especially conservative and Republican Americans -- without even attempting to further meaningful political dialogue,” Priebus wrote.

Griffin has not yet responded to Priebus’ allegations.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek

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11MSNBC Apologizes For Taunting Conservatives Over Biracial Super Bowl Ad

MSNBC has come forward and apologized for a tweet taunting conservatives about an upcoming Cheerios ad featuring a biracial family.

The commercial will feature the same family seen in the company’s May 2013 ad. That ad, which you can see here, received so many racist comments on YouTube that Cheerios was forced to deactivate the comment section of the page.

After it was announced that Cheerios would bring the family back for the 2014 Super Bowl commercial, here’s what MSNBC had to say:

The tweet posted by MSNBC’s Twitter account, which taunted conservatives, was later removed.

The tweet has since been removed. MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe sent out a tweet apologizing for the gaffe.

“The Cheerios tweet from @msnbc was dumb, offensive and we’ve taken it down,” Wolffe wrote. “That’s not who we are at msnbc.”

That apologetic tweet comes weeks after MSNBC personality Melissa Harris-Perry had to apologize to Mitt Romney for mocking his adopted black grandson on her show.

After seeing MSNBC’s tweet, conservative voice Michelle Malkin encouraged conservatives in biracial families to post pictures of their families with the hashtag #MyRightWingBiracialFamily. The idea took off and was trending on Twitter Wednesday night.

Malkin then sent MSNBC a tweet of her own.

“You’ve been served, MSNBC,” she wrote. “Take notice all the rest of you left-wing race card players. Your smears WILL be crushed.”

Sources: Daily Caller, NY Daily News, Twitter

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11Mitt Romney Accepts Apology From MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry Who Mocked Grandson (Video)

Mitt Romney accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, after she and her guests made jokes about a family photo featuring Romney’s adopted African-American grandson Kieran.

Comedic actress Pia Glenn sang the Sesame Street song "One of These Things Is Not Like the Others” and Harris-Perry pondered what a wedding between Kieran and Kim Kardashian’s daughter North West would be like.

Another guest added that the picture sums up the diversity of the Republican party.

“My intention was not malicious,” Harris-Perry said, “but I broke the ground rule that families are off limits, and for that I am sorry.”

Romney responded to her comments Sunday during an interview with Fox News Sunday.

“I think her apology was clearly heartfelt, and we accept that,” Romney said.

Romney was also asked to comment on the Affordable Health Care Act. When questioned whether he thought he could defeat President Barack Obama had Americans known they would lose their health plans, Romney replied that he didn’t know.

Romney added that he wished he could go back in time and try to run again, but that “history is in the past."

Sources: CNN, The Washington Post

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11Sarah Palin Blasts MSNBC For Kieran Romney Segment: 'Leftist Media Hounds' Are 'Prejudice'

Sarah Palin says MSNBC should be ashamed for a "despicable" segment that appeared on the “Melissa Harris-Perry Show” on Sunday in which panelists mocked Mitt Romney for having an adopted African-American grandson.

“Leftist media hounds are not expressing an opinion with this attack; they are expressing a prejudice that would never be accepted if it came from anyone else but the lib[eral] media,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. “This latest attack from the Left is despicable.”

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry showed a family photograph in which baby Kieran Romney appears on Romney’s lap surrounded by a dozen white children.

During the segment, Harris-Perry asked panelists for a caption of the photo and actress Pia Glenn sang, “one of these things is not like the other.”

Harris-Perry said she’s interested in seeing what would happen if Kieran married Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s daughter North.

“It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person,” added comedian Dean Obeidallah.

“Holy unbelievable,” Palin wrote in response on her Facebook page. “The hypocritical leftist lamestream media should be shamed by every caring, child-loving American. It has once again reached a new low.”

“It's a beautiful thing the Romney family has done by embracing ‘the spirit of adoption.’ What on earth is more beautiful? Shame on MSNBC for mocking this,” she added. “He was saddled with some sup-par campaign tactics. That does not make him a bad person nor does it open his children or grandchildren to attacks over a year after the fact. This latest attack from the Left is despicable.”

“You really need a conscience, yellow journalists,” she concluded. “May your 2014 New Year's Resolution be to find one.”

Harris-Perry issued an apology to Romney and others on Tuesday via Twitter.

“As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise," she wrote, adding, “I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.”

Sources: Politico, Mediaite

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11MSNBC Host Apologizes For Mocking Mitt Romney’s Black Grandson On Show (Video)

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized to Mitt Romney on Tuesday after a Sunday panel on her show turned Romney’s adopted African-American grandson, Kieran Romney, into a punchline.

“Everybody loves a baby picture,” Harris-Perry said, “and this was one that really, a lot of people had emotions about this baby picture this year. This is the Romney family. And, of course, there on Governor Romney’s knee is his adopted grandson, who is an African-American, adopted African-American child, Kieran Romney.”

“Any captions for this one?” she asked the panel.

As a family photo was displayed, panelist Pia Glenn sand “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” despite the original lyrics of that song, “one of these things doesn’t belong.”

“And that little baby, front and center, would be the one,” she added.

“And isn’t he the most gorgeous?” Harris-Perry said. “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”

“I think this picture is great,” said comedian panelist Dean Obeidallah. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”

The commentary sparked outrage from viewers. Many criticized the segment on Twitter.

“What's funny about someone adopting a black baby? You are not okay. @MHarrisPerry,” tweeted Brandon Darby.

“Can someone explain how @MHarrisPerry & her panelists on MSNBC haven't been suspended over this,” wrote Joe Walsh.

Today Perry apologized at length to Romney via Twitter under the hashtag “MHPapology.”

“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family,” she wrote.

“I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they r wrong for hurting,” she added.

“Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them,” she wrote.

“As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise.”

“I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.”

Pia Glenn was also the subject of derision for her part in the segment.

Glenn tweeted, "Yes, I sang the song. There are many children in the pic & only 1 black child. I don't see that as mocking or attacking the baby."

Sources: MediaiteTwitchy

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11MSNBC's Joy Reid Criticizes Sarah Palin for Having a Christmas Tree (Video)

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who was filling in for Ed Schultz on Christmas, took some shots at former half-term Alaska Governor and current Fox News commentator Sarah Palin for having a Christmas tree.

According to Mediaite.com, Reid claimed that Palin was hypocritical to have a Christmas tree and defend "Christmas purity" (video below).

The MSNBC fill-in host said that the Book of Jeremiah, in the Bible, admonishes people for trimming trees:

Jeremiah 10: 3-5 states:

For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scare crow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.

"Now, a Christmas purist wouldn't want us to stray from the Bible, would she?" stated Reid. "Everybody shares Christmas in some way. That could mean being tree-side with the family or even profiting off your called-in commercialism. "

“But if Sarah Palin wants us to believe there’s only one true meaning of Christmas," added Reid. "She can keep on pretending.”

There are different theological positions on Christmas trees.

The Rev Billy Graham's website states: "These verses, however, do not apply to Christmas trees, but they do condemn the idolatry practiced in Jeremiah’s day. God’s people were following the customs of the heathen who cut down trees, shaped the wood into idols, decorated them with silver and gold ornaments, and worshiped them as gods."

Bible.org notes that the word "Christmas" is not mentioned in the Bible and only came about in the 6th century via Pope Gregory, which brings into question the entire celebration of Christmas.

Sources: Biblegateway.com, Mediaite.com, BillyGraham.org, Bible.org

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11Sarah Palin: People Might Be Hesitant To 'Serve the Public Or Start A Business' After Bashir Attacked Me (Video)

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told Fox News Thursday that “unprovoked attacks” like the one MSNBC host Martin Bashir made on her could make people hesitate to “serve the public or start a business.”

Bashir announced his resignation Wednesday after stating on his Nov. 15 show that someone should defecate in Palin’s mouth because she equated slavery and the national debt to China in a recent speech.

He previously apologized for the remarks on his show, but it is unclear whether he reached out to Palin to personally make an apology.

“Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Palin Thursday morning if its “enough” that Bashir was allowed to keep his job for three weeks and then resigned.

“My role is to accept his apology and be humble enough to accept it and move on," Palin responded. “But I just hope that unprovoked attacks like that don’t result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway, to get out there and serve the public or start a business or really commit themselves to changing within their family, their community, their world, doing whatever they can, despite the fact that, in this world, you are going to be hurt and attacks will come your way.”

“I just hope that an attack like that doesn’t make people hesitate,” she said.

“One of the things about his attack is it was scripted,” said co-host Steve Doocy. “The people at NBC had a chance to review it and said – they obviously, or apparently, all agreed. And rather than fire him, they let him resign.”

“After weeks,” co-host Brian Kilmeade added.

“Well, it was refreshing to see, though, that many in the media did come out and say, ‘Look, our standards have to be higher than this,” Palin said.

“At this point I’m used to it,” she added. “That’s kind of a sad state of affairs, too, to have to admit that I am used to it. After five years of this kind of stuff … six years ago I probably would have been personally hurt by such an attack.”

“I deeply regret what was said,” Bashir said in a statement, “will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers — who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences.”

MSNBC President Phil Griffin thanked Bashir after his decision, calling him a “good man and respected colleague.”

“I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC,” Griffin said in a statement.

Sources: MediaiteNew York Daily News

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11Alec Baldwin Blames Gay Rights Advocates For Cancellation Of His Show

Alec Baldwin says his MSNBC show was cancelled because of “fundamentalist” gay advocates like GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro.

Baldwin’s weekly show “Up Late” was first suspended and then cancelled after he called a photographer a “c**ksucking fag” outside of his New York City home.

In an interview with Gothamist Baldwin said he had to accept some responsibility, but that gay advocates ultimately led to the network’s decision to cancel the show.

Baldwin also insists that he never used the anti-gay term, suggesting he may have said “maggot” or “motherf**ker.”

"I dispute half the comment I made... 'faggot' is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know,” Baldwin said. “But you've got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy—Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan—they're out there, they've got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself."

Ferraro is the VP of communications for GLADD, formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which was founded in 1985.

Sullivan is a popular British blogger who is openly gay and a practicing Roman Catholic.

Baldwin mentioned comments from fellow MSNBC host Martin Bashir, who kept his job after apologizing for suggesting that someone defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth.

"Martin Bashir's on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin said.

Sources: New York Magazine, The Guardian

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11Rush Limbaugh: What If Krauthammer Had Suggested Defecating In Obama's Mouth? (Video)

In response to the controversy surrounding MSNBC host Martin Bashir’s comments about someone defecating in Sarah Palin's mouth, Rush Limbaugh asked Wednesday if reactions would be different had Dr. Charles Krauthammer suggested the same about President Obama.

Limbaugh complained that Bashir’s comments have yet to be criticized by anybody at MSNBC.

“There was not one peep from anybody at MSNBC suggesting that it was, in any way, inappropriate,” Limbaugh said.

Had Bashir made the comment about Obama instead of Palin, Limbaugh argued that the news anchor would be fired immediately.

Limbaugh also suggested that had Dr. Charles Krauthammer or Bill O'Reilly made the comment, the public response would have been much greater.

“They wouldn’t even finish their show,” Limbaugh insisted. “If Ailes had to sit there and do the rest of the hour himself, he’d yank whoever off the air.”

Limbaugh added that MSNBC hosts a number of reprehensible people who thought an apology was enough to correct Bashir’s comments.

Sources: Breitbart, MediaITE

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11Martin Bashir Apologizes For Sarah Palin Slam (Video)

MSNBC host Martin Bashir apologized Monday on his show after his “deeply offensive” comments about Sarah Palin.

On Friday, Bashir responded to Palin’s comments about borrowing money from China to pay American debts.

“This isn’t racist,” Palin said. “But it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due.”

Bashir responded by mentioning the diary of a Jamaican plantation owner who was known for “Darby’s Dose”, an inhumane punishment.

In 1756, the diary mentioned a slave named Darby who was caught “well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, sh** in his mouth.”

Bashir continued that when Palin discussed slavery she proved her ignorance and confirmed herself as a prime candidate for Darby’s Dose.

During his aired apology, Bashir made it clear that he wanted to seek forgiveness from Palin as well as his viewers.

"My words were wholly unacceptable,” Bashir said. “They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics.”

Bashir has caused controversy in the past with his remarks, including one instance in which he compared the NSA to Hitler.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Fox

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