The Danger in a Hasty Apology
Ahead of the Super Bowl, an MSNBC employee tweeted that he expected that a Cheerios commercial featuring a bi-racial couple would provoke outrage from the Far Right.
GOP national chairman, Reince Priebus, denounced the tweet as an inflammatory mischaracterization of the Far Right. MSNBC President Phil Griffin then apologized for the tweet, describing it as “outrageous and unacceptable,” and terminated the tweeter’s employment.
But, for Priebus, those actions were not quite proportionate to the offensiveness of the tweet. So he announced that his office would be monitoring MSNBC and discouraging GOP lawmakers from making appearances on it unless and until it corrected its obvious bias against the party.
Wow. I felt that I had to read that tweet. Given that legislators, governors, and commentators on the Far Right have been a literally font of offensive remarks, I assumed that the tweet must have exceeded even Martin Bashir’s suggestion that someone…
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