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MSNBC reverses Sam Seder decision after intense backlash

MSNBC reverses Sam Seder decision after intense backlash”

"Sometimes you just get one wrong", said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement to The Intercept, "and that's what happened here".

"I appreciate MSNBC's thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes", Seder told The Intercept in a statement.

When Cernovich's followers trolled Seder over the old tweet, MSNBC scubbed its relationship with its commentator; an insider explained to WaPo "It gives us pause when we see alt right figures whipping up attention about our action but the reality is Seder made a rape joke".

The tweet, which has since been deleted, referenced child rape accusations against Roman Polanski and was meant, Seder said, as a criticism of the director's supporters.

The decision represented an initial victory for Cernovich, who promoted the discredited "Pizzagate" conspiracy against Hillary Clinton and has himself called date rape a fiction perpetrated by liberals. He learned his fate was sealed when he was informed on Monday of a forthcoming story by The Wrap, which said that MSNBC would not renew his contract in February.

The Seder-Cernovich dust-up was relatively trivial in itself but perhaps says something about the fraught politics of the moment.

And he was right.

Some of Seder's supporters also raised the point that Cernovich himself seems to be a proponent of awful rape jokes - and perhaps a honest rape apologist - in order to illustrate exactly what a bad-faith argument Cernovich was making. "We made our initial decision for the right reasons - because we don't consider rape to be a amusing topic to be joked about", he said in a statement to The Intercept. "Sam will be welcome on our air going forward".

And Seder himself was clear that he felt MSNBC had made a mistake. After initially caving in to right-wing internet outrage over the tweet, MSNBC reversed its decision to not renew Seder's contract...

The news, first reported by The Intercept, marks a swift and remarkable turnabout for MSNBC, which was criticized for the decision.

Nearly immediately following news of Seder's firing, Cernovich "announced he was now rummaging through the old twitter feeds of other liberal personalities, hoping to land them in the unemployment line, too", Grim notes.

"The left isn't going to stop going through our tweets", he said, "so we aren't going to stop going through theirs".



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