Entertainment MSNBC Flip-Flops, Rehires Contributor Sam Seder: ‘Sometimes You Just Get One Wrong’

18:51  07 december  2017
18:51  07 december  2017 Source:   TheWrap

MSNBC Reverses Decision To Fire Contributor Sam Seder Over Tweet

  MSNBC Reverses Decision To Fire Contributor Sam Seder Over Tweet MSNBC has reversed its decision to terminate Sam Seder, a podcast host and contributor to the network, after a right-wing campaign targeted him for a satirical tweet criticizing supporters of accused rapist Roman Polanski.“Sometimes you just get one wrong,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin told the Intercept in a statement. “That’s what happened here.”Griffin said the network initially fired Seder “for the right reasons — because we don’t consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about.

“ Sometimes you just get one wrong — and that’s what happened here. In an additional statement, Seder said he accepted the apology. “I appreciate MSNBC ’s thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own

“ Sometimes you just get one wrong — and that’s what happened here,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement announcing Seder ’s return. News of Seder ’s return, first reported by The Intercept, was acknowledged by MSNBC staffers online Thursday. “Welcome back, @ SamSeder !”

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MSNBC reversed course on Thursday, announced that it would rehire contributor Sam Seder just days after it had cut ties with him over a tweeted joke about Roman Polanski and rape from 2009.

"Sometimes you just get one wrong -- and that's what happened here," network president Phil Griffin said in a remarkable act of contrition. "We made our initial decision for the right reasons -- because we don't consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about."

Griffin acknowledged the criticism that the network had received for its decision to cut ties with Seder -- with many citing the role that pro-Trump journalist and activist Mike Cernovich played in publicizing Seder's now-deleted tweet -- factored into the reversal.

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"But we've heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not," Griffin said. "Sam will be welcome on our air going forward."

In an additional statement, Seder said he accepted the apology.

"I appreciate MSNBC's thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes," he said. "I'm proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right."

As TheWrap exclusively reported, the network originally planned to keep Seder off the air and not renew his contract in February after a 2009 rape joke about Roman Polanski. The joke -- contained in a now deleted tweet -- was first brought to wide public attention by the pro-Trump journalist and activist Mike Cernovich.

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