As Twitchy reported, Reince Priebus banned RNC staffers from appearing on MSNBC until network president Phil Griffin publicly apologized for MSNBC’s race-baiting tweet. This afternoon, Griffin issued a statement. But is it really an apology?
In statement, MSNBC president Phil Griffin issues personal apology to Reince Priebus and anyone offended by tweet.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) January 30, 2014
Here’s the text of the apology, via Politico:
The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that 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.
Sigh. While it’s nice to see him acknowledging that the tweet was awful, once again, an MSNBC bigwig is asserting that “this isn’t who we are,” that all points of view are given respect. We all know that’s B.S. For years, MSNBC has cultivated an environment of hate. And, barring a miracle, that will never change.
Priebus has reportedly accepted Griffin’s apology:
RNC: We appreciate Mr. Griffin’s admission that their comment was demeaning and disgusting, and the Chairman accepted his apology
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 30, 2014
But that apology isn’t worth squat if viciousness and bigotry remain the status quo at MSNBC.
Is this the part where we all talk about Phil Griffin fostering a culture at MSNBC where staff would think that tweet was okay?
— Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum) January 30, 2014
I'm glad Phil Griffin of MSNBC apologized and took corrective action. He should ask why his employees felt OK sending out tweets like that.
— ricjames (@ricjames) January 30, 2014
Exactly. Meanwhile, Griffin might want to take pre-emptive measures before his network’s next colossal blunder:
MSNBC should just save time and rename itself "The Apology Channel."
— Deidre ⭐? ???? (@ShoeBeDoBeDoooo) January 30, 2014
“The Half-Assed Apology Channel” might be better.
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