MSNBC Fires Staffer for ‘Offensive’ Tweet About Conservatives and Biracial Families

MSNBC Fires Staffer for 'Offensive' Tweet About Conservatives and Biracial Families

Network president Phil Griffin apologizes to Republican National Committee for tweet suggesting conservatives don't like biracial families

MSNBC has fired the employee responsible for an “outrageous and unacceptable” tweet that suggested conservatives hate biracial families, network president Phil Griffin said in a statement. He apologized to Republicans who on Thursday announced a boycott of the liberal network.

“The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged it was offensive and wrong, apologized and deleted it,” Griffin said.

Also read: RNC Boycotting MSNBC Over Biracial Cheerios Tweet

“We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet. I personally apologize to [Republican National Committee Chairman Reince 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.”

Late Wednesday night a tweet originated from the official MSNBC Twitter account that referenced a new commercial for Cheerios. A similar ad sparked a hateful backlash from anonymous YouTube bigots last year.

Also read: MSNBC Deletes Tweet Accusing ‘Rightwing’ of Disliking Biracial Families

“Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” the original tweet read, with a link to the MSNBC story on the ad.

The network later apologized twice via Twitter and ultimately deleted the tweet.

Wednesday's incident comes one month after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry joked about 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson on her show. Harris-Perry, herself a child of a biracial family, later issued a tearful on-air apology.

  • Armored Knight

    At some point one must acknowledge that MSNBC has a problem, and its in the culture of their network…About time the GOP just boycotts it they are not a news network

  • Katty Sat

    Why does Fox not fire anyone for the offensive things said on that network?

    • a1b2c3b4

      Sorry, grrrrrrrrrrrrrl. PMSNBC has the market cornered on racists.

    • Felina Flash

      They will do just if anyone ever stoops as low as the awful people at MSNBC. So far there has been no need. No one at Fox is dumb. They are respectful even to the wogs like you.

  • Ratt Stone

    ‘At MSNBC, we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues, and we invite voices from all sides to participate.’
    Right, and then edit out the parts you don't like.

  • Felina Flash

    Who did tweet … How can we know if you fired her if you won't tell us who she is?

    • thomas j. kavany

      picture says it all, nut case.

    • Sharon Marie

      Exactly they did not fire anyone they hide behind an account where no one person can be blamed and then they say they fired the person what a bunch of BS can anyone really believe they care!

  • Felina Flash

    Why do the people at MSNBC never stop talking about race. It is they who are the racists. Their obsession with it is stunning.

  • topaz

    The tweet actually says nothing about hating biracial families, it says “maybe” they won't like the “adorable new Cheerios ad.” The ad, not the family. Typical of liberals to go running under the table with their tails between their legs whenever republicans whine about anything, while republicans lie, fabricate facts and slander at will. MSNBC is another in a long line of spineless liberals, i.e. Obama? Where is Lyndon Johnson when you need him?

    • Sharon Marie

      I suppose you consider the Romney comment no big deal too!

  • Realist

    Passionate debate? As a social liberal, I am embarrassed by the station. At times it makes Fox seem fair minded.

  • Shan Navaratnam

    How about Limbaugh ? How many times he was so cruel towards minorities?
    why there is a double standard Republicans??

    • Jerome Dupree

      Telling the ugly truth isn't being cruel to minorities.

  • dballer49

    Fox and other conservative defendant the guy from duck dynasty for his comments but then turn around and want to criticize a liberal for her comments give me a break