Bad Day At 30 Rock…

Having a day job sometimes prevents me from blogging when all hell is breaking loose at a cable news network. Today was one of those days. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes about The Tweet Heard Round The Internet (Copyright 2014, TM, Patent pending)…

Recent flare-ups come from just about everywhere except the people helming MSNBC’s regular prime-time lineup. Bashir was marooned at the 4:00 p.m. hour, in the midst of what BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw calls “a super-dead zone.” Alec Baldwin was doing a weekly Friday night show when he said allegedly hateful things to a paparazzo. Melissa Harris-Perry’s misfiring discussion on Mitt Romney’s family occurred on her weekend show. And this latest firestorm surges not from prime time; not from non-prime time; but from the network’s Twitter feed. All that should be enough to enrage an expressive guy like Griffin.

And it has, according to two sources at the network. Griffin, says one of the sources, is as “angry” as his colleagues have seen him. In a meeting, he warned of serious and immediate repercussions and ripped the staff about the recent bout of stupid actions, according to the sources.

Lauren Skowronski, a spokeswoman for the network, e-mailed this statement: “What you’re hearing is an exaggeration but obviously this is a serious matter that’s being handled internally. Phil has spoken to his team to make it clear that these incidents are unacceptable.”

UPDATE: Griffin has put his name behind an apology that reads as follows:

“The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.

I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended.

At MSNBC, we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change. “

What a coup for Priebus and the RNC: By acting quickly and forcefully, they managed to get Griffin to include Priebus by name in the official MSNBC apology. Had only Griffin stamped his name to an apology early this morning, such a concession never would have been necessary.

Probably true. But at the same time I wonder if we have become more easily indignant over everything that we immediately go postal and demand scalps and networks are much much quicker to acquiesce to said scalp hunts than things used to be. Would Carl Cameron have survived at FNC if he had penned his imaginary John Kerry article today?

Fox News quickly retracted the article, saying in an editor’s note on its Web site that the article “was written in jest and should not have been posted or broadcast.” It said, “We regret the error, which occurred because of fatigue and bad judgment, not malice.”

Did Cameron survive ten years ago because we were more forgiving back then? Or did Cameron survive because the DNC didn’t go postal like the RNC did? Or did Cameron survive because FNC wasn’t willing to fire a key asset for what could be argued was a fireable offense while MSNBC was willing to fire some anonymous staffer because they were replaceable and would it have still fired the Tweeter if it had been some name like Ed Schultz?

I don’t know the answer to any of those questions but the questions are worth pondering…


19 Responses to “Bad Day At 30 Rock…”

  1. OK…. I’m done.

    No comparison.

    Kerry funny vs. race baiting, pimping out, feces eating, child mocking.

  2. FOX did it too defense.

  3. Ten years ago? Mother of Pearl!

  4. Oh, joy. Spud writes a well thought out short form and, instead of reading it, the comments section instantly turns to dirt because people have to defend the FNC mothership. Good grief.

  5. MSNBC looks like a dorm right now with a bunch of drunken college kids running around doing what they feel like. The campus police don’t want to be bothered, so maybe it’s time for actual law enforcement to step in for the betterment of the community.

    If Phil Griffin doesn’t want to get control of the drunken frat party that is MSNBC, maybe it’s time for NBC to step in and take control of the situation over at MSNBC since that network’s antics are clearly harming the NBC News brand.

  6. pimping out

    Ten years ago? Mother of Pearl!

    The irony. Complaining about Spud bringing up something from “ten years ago” by bringing up something that happened six or seven years ago.

    This is what we call “trolling”.

  7. Who is this we, Andy speaks of? Hmmm…

  8. I don’t quite get what’s all that offensive about the MSNBC tweet. Predicting “the rightwing” won’t like an ad about a biracial couple is a bit of a generalization but nothing worth the hubbub that appears in to have happened. No one in particular, certainly not Priebus or the GOP, was personally offended, as far as I could see, just an amorphous group called “the rightwing”. Why not send personal apologies to Matt Drudge, the Koch Brothers, FNC or the Tea Party as they are all part of the “rightwing”. I think pulling the ad and a general non apology apology about ‘if anyone was offended’ etc. would have been sufficient repentance.

  9. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Fritz, MSNBC has a history of race baiting and other offensive behavior. Nah, “nobody was personally offended.” Actually, most people are offended by this crap, especially people from biracial families.

    It seems like MSNBC is going out of their way to make offensive and vulgar remarks. It’s an overflowing open sewer, and their fans are welcome to it. Just don’t be surprised if some splashes on you.

  10. Comcast will eventually fix this nonsense….heads higher up will roll. there are already moves at the local cable outlet to pull the station entirely.

  11. The problem is people like Fritz doesn’t see the problem. They are the core audience and they don’t care and once the apology calms the storm, neither will MSNBC. Back again with a new apology next month.

  12. SHAZAM it’s BRICKO!

    Hope he’s right.

  13. Carl Cameron? No idea what that analogy is about. Anyway, multiple MSNBC personalities have committed fireable offenses over the last 10 years. But, they haven’t been fired. They fired this idiot because it was apparently some low level staffer. But, what was tweeted wasn’t any different from the bigotry and hate that comes out of the steamy pile of garbage that has become MSNBC primetime.

  14. “I don’t quite get what’s all that offensive about the MSNBC tweet. No one in particular, certainly not Priebus or the GOP, was personally offended”

    Take a look at all the pictures of “right-wing biracial families” posted on twitter under the hashtag #myrightwingbiracialfamily

    You think it’s ok to call people racists just because you hate the fact that they favor lower taxes? That’s not offensive to people?

  15. “No one in particular, certainly not Priebus or the GOP, was personally offended..”

    How in the he*l do you know that Fritz? Are you a mind reader now?

    You could say “he or anyone else shouldn’t have been offended” if you wanted to state your opinion but what you said was stated as a FACT and since you are not him OR a member of the GOP you can’t say what you did and not have people correct you on it.

  16. Conservatives are just learning from Liberals

    Outrage over anything until the offender gets fired

  17. “How in the he*l do you know that Fritz? Are you a mind reader now?”

    THAT seems to be the trait of the liberals. They use the word “we” as if they speak for everyone, and pooh pooh any outrage but their own as fake or unimportant, or worse: from the mouth of a flak, troll, or something else to be discounted or discarded,

  18. Maybe it’s my way wayward thinking from too many flights on the Mothership, but Spud seems to look for about any angle to give MSNBC a pass in the totality of the state of disrepute it has morphed into. The harm is more than a few apologies: it’s that they have dropped to the bottom of the barrel in the public’s trust:

  19. So, again reflecting on what Carl Cameron did ten years ago, I snap awake and say OMG!

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