When MSNBC fired contributor Sam Seder after a bad faith smear campaign by far right racist, rape-promoting troll Mike Cernovich, they faced a huge amount of criticism from viewers, other media outlets, and generally everyone who thinks truth and context should actually matter in this world.
And today they did the right thing and took back this decision, re-hiring Seder.
The New York Times reports: MSNBC pulled an abrupt about-face on Thursday, announcing that it had rehired a contributor just days after it fired him when far-right activists drew attention to an inflammatory tweet he posted in 2009....
2 days ago, I wrote about the Sam Seder firing, in "At MSNBC, in the time of The Reckoning, there's zero tolerance for sarcasm aimed at the rich and powerful" ("I'd never even heard of Sam Seder, but apparently he had a show on MSNB...
Usually 'I was JOKING' is a terrible defense. But in this case, the joke was aimed at a worthy target and those pretending to be offended are evil.
The cable network’s chief now regrets caving to alt-right rape apologist Mike Cernovich’s demand to fire a contributor for a years-old joke mocking rape apologists.