MSNBC apologizes for Cheerios tweet that angered GOP
The president of major network MSNBC has apologized for an offensive tweet and fired the person responsible on Thursday after a member of the Republican party suggested that conservatives should boycott the news network.
In a statement read on the air, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said a tweet suggesting the right wing will hate a Cheerios ad that features a biracial couple was “outrageous and unacceptable.” Griffin said he personally apologized to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince 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,” Griffin said of his network, where many of the major personalities lean left. Priebus had said earlier Thursday that he would no longer appear on MSNBC until getting a personal apology for the network’s “petty and demeaning attacks.” In a statement later, he said he accepted the apology and was withdrawing his boycott request.
MSNBC deleted to comment and apologized on Twitter before the statement was released.
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