MSNBC is toxic.
That’s the message from Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Priebus is banning all RNC staff from appearing on, associating with or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC.
He’s also urging Republican lawmakers and strategists to follow suit.
The ban was implemented in response to a tweet sent out by MSNBC suggesting that Republicans had a problem with a Cheerios ad featuring biracial families.
MSNBC later apologized and deleted the message.
But Priebus said that’s not good enough – and he wants MSNBC President Phil Griffin to publicly apologize.
“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,” Priebus said. “Unfortunately, this tweet is just the latest in a pattern of poor statements by MSNBC and its hosts.”
Priebus said he called and left a message with Griffin expressing his “displeasure.”
“I have sent him a letter demanding that he personally, as president of the network, take responsibility and apologize for the disgusting tweet,” Priebus said. “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.”
Priebus said 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.
“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,” he said. “It only coarsens our political discourse.”
This is more than just a tweet or an offhand comment, the RNC chairman said.
“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,” he stated.