RNC Boycotting MSNBC Over Biracial Cheerios Tweet

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says he won't allow party officials to appear on the air

MSNBC is about to feature even fewer conservatives: Republican National Committee chair says he is forbidding RNC officials from appearing on the network because of a tweet that suggested “rightwingers” don't like biracial families.

“This morning I left a message with MSNBC President Phil Griffin to express my displeasure,” wrote RNC chair Reince Preibus. “I have sent him a letter demanding that he personally, as president of the network, take responsibility and apologize for the disgusting tweet. 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.”

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

On Wednesday, the @msnbc Twitter account praised a new Cheerio's commercial featuring a biracial family: “Maybe the righwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww,” the tweet said.

The account deleted the tweet and repeatedly apologized after conservatives voices their outrage at being accused of racism. Many conservatives posted photos of their multiracial families.

Also read: Alec Baldwin Defends Martin Bashir Over MSNBC Resignation, Slams Network

The RNC said the tweet was part of a pattern of inappropriate statements from MSNBC hosts. The network parted ways with Alec Baldwin soon after he yelled homophobic remarks at a photographer, and with Martin Bashir after he said Sarah Palin should be subjected to some of the treatment that American slaves suffered.


    The ONLY PROBLEM IS that the RIGHT WING DOES HATE THE COMMERCIAL!!!! there was TONS of hateful, racist and disgusting hate directed at the first commercial showing the bi-racial couple! So it is NOT as it “MADE UP” out of thin air!!!! The GOP is getting used to having its way and having anybody who speaks out with the truth or speaks against them… punished. All the while they do nothing to punish or “correct” the hate spewing from the mouths of the GOP talking heads. As usual, the GOP pust itself off as the rightious victim and everybody goes alllh poor GOP and BAD BAD DEMs !!!! I am getting tired of this one way street.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      i love the Lenny Kravitz song ‘black and white america’

  • hupto

    Mr. Preibus is evidently unaware of Rachel Maddow's periodic crawls of all the GOP members who've been invited to appear on MSNBC and refused (so they can then claim they're being “boycotted”). It's surely no coincidence that Tim Pawlenty's occasional appearances on her show had a deleterious effect on his Presidential campaign.

  • shutupandknit

    Why doesn't the RNC take a poll of political affiliation on all the racist comment makers who made nasty comments against the biracial cheerios add and then come back to us.

  • crystal8521

    While Preibus and the Tea Party are so outraged over a Cheerio commercial, they remained silent last week when one of their own says this:

    Joshua Black, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68, sent out a tweet on Martin Luther King day calling for President Obama to be hung for “war crimes.”

    “I’m past impeachment,” Black wrote on Twitter. “It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”

    Chris Latvala, a fellow Republican running for Florida House District 67, replied via Twitter:

    “You aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you? I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment.”

    Mark this down as a rare moment where we agree with a Republican
    Why didn't they ask this goof to resign, why are they not boycotting anything to do with Black?

    • Guest

      You seriously don't know the answer to that question?

      • Tim Harb

        No he doesn't most of the posts I seen on here are of intolerant people who do not like other opinions. I watch all 3 networks and MSNBC is the worse of all of them for not reporting actual news. it was rated at 90% opinion. The trend of all news going this way will be this way and will just try to enrage people who cannot think beyond what sounds good to them. This is why I left the Democratic party and why I will never join the Republicans. They are one and the same.

        • Tim Harb

          Oh don't forget the most famous Democrat saying. We will have those ni…. voting for us for 200 years.

  • Davey Joe

    Good, stick to propaganda Fox network. Us hardworking middle class Americans are getting tired of seeing these fascist on our station anyway!

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      hardworking americans who smile while obama murders innocent people with drones will get what's coming to them
      mark my words

  • Dream On White Boy, Black Girl

    Remember Strom Thurman, Mr. Segregation who spewed hate rumors of MLK being a “commie” and a “fag”. After he died his very old biracial daughter revealed herself to Congress. Strom had an affair with a black teenager who bore him a biracial daughter. Strom paid the black woman and their mixed race daughter monthly stipends of hush money for the rest of his life. You don't suppose any of these tea baggers might have a black person in the family “woodshed” too? Not to mention, many white (and black) people have Native American in their blood too.
    Ain't it funny the RNC was pushing Herman Cain, a black man, as a contender for the 2012 Presidential elections? He's got a WHITE wife too. So what gives now? It's all double-talk.