The left-wing network of NBC News is under fire again for a controversial tweet aimed right at the GOP. This is just the latest in a series of examples of the network taking shots at conservatives.
The offending tweet was about a heartwarming Super Bowl commercial by Cheerios. The tweet read as follows: “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family [link].”
MSNBC was later forced to apologize for the tweet, deleted it from their Twitter account and fired the person responsible for posting it. But is that enough? RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin demanding a personal and public apology. He also banned all RNC staff from appearing on the network, and encouraged Republican politicians to follow suit. Griffin did later apologize to Priebus and everyone offended. Last night on Hannity, Priebus called the apology a good “first step.”
But Priebus also pointed out that this is hardly the first time something like this has happened. He said in his original letter, "This is more than just a tweet or an offhand comment. This is part of a pattern of behavior that has gotten markedly worse, and until Phil Griffin personally apologizes and takes corrective action, we cannot be part of this network's toxic programming.”
He's absolutely right. This tweet is just one of the many comments made by the network, particularly over the last few months, targeting conservatives. From Martin Bashir to Chris Matthews to Melissa Harris-Perry, it seems as though conservatives are becoming a consistent target of denigration. If anyone disagrees with the president, it has become protocol to label them as “racist.” Remember when Melissa Harris-Perry proclaimed “ObamaCare” to be the new “N-word?” Or how about when she belittled Mitt Romney's adopted grandson (who happens to be black)? Also who can forget Martin Bashir's shameful suggestion that someone should defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth?
It's no wonder that new polling from Public Policy Polling finds that MSNBC ranks near the bottom of media outlets Americans trust most for news. Fox, by the way, ranks at the top: “Thirty-five percent said they trusted Fox news more than any other outlet, followed by PBS at 14 percent, ABC at 11 percent, CNN at 10 percent, CBS at 9 percent, 6 percent for MSNBC and Comedy Central, and just 3 percent for NBC.”
The attempt to stereotype conservatives is backfiring. We'll see if this episode will be enough to change the pattern of offensive anti-conservative rants we've come to expect.