Republican Chairman Says MSNBC Is ‘On Probation’ After ‘Offensive’ Biracial Family Tweet

Republican Chairman Says MSNBC Is 'On Probation' After 'Offensive' Biracial Family Tweet

Reince Priebus warns that Republicans are watching how the cable news network characterizes their party

MSNBC is “on probation” after apologizing for a tweet that suggested conservatives hate biracial families, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, and he vowed the Republican Party would remain a watchdog over the network.

“It's sort of like being on probation,” Priebus said on “Hannity” regarding MSNBC.

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“But the fact of the matter is, we're here, we're watching them, and it's our responsibility — and it's mine in particular, I think, also — to stand up for our party, and so that's what I did today and I'll do it again.”

Priebus was responding to a tweet sent from the official MSNBC Twitter account Wednesday night that referred to an interracial family in a new Cheerios commercial.

“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.

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

MSNBC twice apologized on Twitter before deleting the tweet, following uproar from commenters on both sides of the aisle.

Priebus said he called MSNBC President Phil Griffin Thursday morning to express his displeasure with the sentiment of the tweet and instructed Republicans not to appear on the network until Griffin himself issued a public apology. That apology came Thursday afternoon.

“I can take it. That's what you get when you're chairman of the Party,” Priebus said. “But some of these things that are done about families and people's appearance and gender, race, blanket statements about people on the right side of our party — I'm just not gonna stand up as chairman of the party and take it.”

Also read: Cheerios First Ever Super Bowl Ad Features Interracial Family That Spurred Hateful Internet Backlash

Priebus said this action was the “first step” in an effort to keep a closer eye on the network and how it characterizes the Republican Party, particularly when it comes to issues of race and gender.

“Now we have to stay on top of it.”

  • Just Me

    OMG, such faux outrage from the right-wing retards.

    • Raven

      Just Me, you're the one with a mental deficiency. Liberals are on the cutting edge of intolerance. You promote your diversity as a badge of honor, but only when diversity occurs among your narrow membership. As a moderate, I m routinely surprised how hypocritical the left is. You claim that want everyone to be on equal footing, but you practice the opposite. If you want free speech and unencumbered individuality, then look to the center or the right, because the policy of the left is censorship and intolerance. Wake the hell up and quit poisoning our country with your self-righteous crap!

      • rose528

        what a crock, you evidently don't listen or should i say don't comprehend what is being said when you watch faux “news”

  • whitesatin

    Wow! We're really scared of Preibus! Funny, he doesn't say the same thing about Limbaugh, Levin, Breitbart, Coulter, Bachmann, Steve King, or Gohmert! Could it be that he's a hypocrite?

  • jay

    Why apologize to the GOP? Republicans were never mentioned.

  • rose528

    and the nazi fascist party of NO (republicans) cry foul again. what a crock of their sh%t after what faux “news” say over the air about President Obama and the rest of the Democrats ..that's why i never watch any nazi fascist station

  • bucky4eyes

    So, let me see if I'm following the Tea logic here:

    Limbaugh, Coulter and their ilk are free-speech warriors. If you don't like what they say, suck it up and grow a pair. You can't handle the truth!
    MSNBC, however, is a big old bully. MOM! MOOOOOOOOM!

  • terry208

    Conservatives hate all minorities racial, religious, sexual,and yes even bi-racial families, this is nothing new, just a continuation of who and what they are.

  • ferrarimanf355

    Welp, time to tune in to Al Jazeera America, then.

  • SkipB

    Now if we can just get the Republican Party to boycott all media, the world would be a better place.

  • hupto

    This morning, MSNBC had on three GOP pols in a row, including Haley Barbour (who notoriously pardoned over 200 murderers before leaving office). This means:

    1) Priebus has absolutely no idea what “boycott” means.

    2) Griffin is an even bigger pushover than we thought.

  • deanrd

    The 90% white GOP saying they aren't racist is like them defending the poor and helping the middle class. Imagine Republicans defending the poor and helping the middle class. Laughable just thinking about it.
    They are salivating at the thought of cutting more Americans off from unemployment benefits. And it was right wing deregulation that ruined the economy.

  • foxbat

    These GOP nut cases lie day in and day out and MSNBC is on probation? Please, if it wasn't for the fact that they've done such a good job cutting education in past years they wouldn't even be on the radio let alone TV, of all the crap that has been heard on flux news, the name calling and moanin and groanin like little 5yr olds the only people they appeal to are the uneducated. OMG get a grip already, the GOP spent 8 years driving the economy in the ground and now want to sit back and vacation every other week because they didn't like the way the election turned out, yea, and they call the president un-American. work on appealing to a broader base Mr. chairman, crooning to the idiots only keeps you in the box with em.