Progressive radio and tv set personality Sam Seder will be offered his MSNBC contributor job back again and plans to simply accept, in accordance to multiple MSNBC sources.
Seder and MSNBC were set to part techniques when his contributor agreement expired next season, with reviews indicating the departure revolved around a 2009 tweet from Seder surfaced by the far-best provocateur Mike Cernovich. After at first caving directly into right-wing internet outrage over the tweet, MSNBC reversed its decision to not renew Seder’s contract.
“I appreciate MSNBC’s thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for his or her own toxic, political needs,” Seder said in a declaration to The Intercept. “We are experiencing a significant and long overdue minute of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for his or her perpetrators. I’m proud that MSNBC and its own staff have set a obvious example of the want to get it right.”
Cernovich is a right-wing provocateur and conspiracy theorist who works in hand-in-glove with white supremacists. Cernovich dug up a 2009 tweet from Seder and claimed it endorsed rape. The tweet was meant as a satirical criticism of accused rapist Roman Polanski’s liberal defenders, but MSNBC took Cernovich’s bad-faith browsing at face value and fired Seder.
“Sometimes you just get a single wrong – and that’s what happened here.”
“Sometimes you just get a single wrong,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a declaration to The Intercept, “and that’s what happened here. We produced our first decision for the right reasons – because we do not consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about. But we’ve noticed the feedback, and we appreciate the idea Sam was striving to make for the reason that tweet was truly in line with our values, despite the fact that the language was not. Sam will get welcome on our air going forward.”
The Intercept reached out to Cernovich for comment, but he had not replied by press time.
Seder’s two-day-very long saga echoes another incident nearly as good old as Seder’s Polanski tweet.
This year 2010, the Obama administration moved swiftly to fire Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod following right-wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart posted video of a speech she made to the NAACP. But the administration hadn’t waited to see the total speech: The out-of-context clips published by Breitbart appeared to show so-called invert racism; in context, Sherrod’s speech was about growth and compassion.
It was initially a major victory for Breitbart, but the final result paradoxically defanged his future work against liberals. Obama administration officials felt punked once they learned the full context of Sherrod’s remarks and would never cave therefore quickly to right-wing activists once again. Sherrod, after the full video recording emerged, was supplied her task back, but declined.
As with Sherrod, MSNBC’s reversal on Seder could mark a turning point. Cernovich, fresh off his momentary victory, announced he was nowadays rummaging through the good old twitter feeds of different liberal personalities, hoping to area them in the unemployment collection, also. But MSNBC’s decision transmits a signal that the news channel identified it caved too quickly and shouldn’t let Nazi-adjacent online activists contact the shots at a major network. After facing public humiliation for misreading the tweet, they and different outlets will be less likely collapse under pressure so quickly next time a journalist comes with an old tweet surfaced.
Institutions respond to both incentives and soreness, and MSNBC clearly thought the most pain-free approach was to lower ties with Seder and maneuver on. But the move brought incredible fury down upon them from their individual viewers and staff members, both rank-and-record and on-air talent. Host Chris Hayes publicly supported Seder and broke with the network over the decision, while numerous staff members gave brutal blind estimates to press reporters. This reporter, a former MSNBC contributor, started an online petition which got collected more than 11,000 signatures by Wednesday night. As the story was picked up outside of the press and liberal press, MSNBC will need to have realized it got a bigger problem on its hands.