clear
Saturday July 21st, 2018 2:09AM

MSNBC reverses firing of contributor over rape joke

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC has reversed itself and now says it won't be cutting ties with contributor Sam Seder over a rape joke he made on Twitter eight years ago.

Network president Phil Griffin said on Thursday that "sometimes you just get one wrong — and that's what happened here."

Seder had been told last week that he wouldn't be welcomed back on the network after conservative commentator Mike Cernovich pointed out the apparent joke by Seder about defenders of film director Roman Polanski, a fugitive since pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in the 1970s.

In his tweet, Seder wrote that he didn't care about Polanski, "but I hope if my daughter is ever raped, it is by a truly talented man with a great sense of mise en scene."

Seder, a comedian who does the political podcast "The Majority Report," is an occasional presence on MSNBC, most often on Chris Hayes' prime-time show.

MSNBC's action provoked an online outcry from fans who thought the network was caving to pressure from conservatives.

"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 said. "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. Sam will be welcome on our air going forward."

MSNBC had initially said it wouldn't be renewing Seder's contract, which expires early next year.

Seder said he appreciated the network's reconsideration and "willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes.

"We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators," he said. "I'm proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right."

Cernovich, in a video posted online, called MSNBC's reversal "a great day for us." He said conservatives will be able to cite Seder's tweet in the future whenever they are criticized for tweets that others find objectionable.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Business
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Ex-cop grateful for family's forgiveness
A white former police officer says he is grateful for the forgiveness from the family of a black man that he shot to death
12:45PM ( 8 minutes ago )
The Latest: Minnesota gov. hasn't chosen Franken replacement
Minnesota Republicans are reaching out to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty about running in a race to replace Sen. Al Franken
12:39PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Trump administration praises Honduras amid election crisis
The administration of President Donald Trump is certifying Honduras' progress in protecting human rights and attacking corruption even as the country struggles with a deepening electoral crisis
12:38PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon sued for sex harassment
Lawsuit: Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon sued of sex harassment of assistant
11:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
Oscars org adopts code of conduct after Weinstein expulsion
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science has announced its first code of conduct for its 8,427 members
9:49AM ( 3 hours ago )
Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon sued for sexual harassment
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California
9:40AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Grizzlies' Gasol fined for profanity during TV interview
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using a profanity during a live television interview
3:08PM ( 21 hours ago )
APNewsBreak: Accusers take on toxic culture in TV newsrooms
Women who say they were sexually harassed or mistreated by powerful men in television news are banding together to form a support network aimed at changing newsroom culture
12:40PM ( 1 day ago )
APNewsBreak: Network news accusers form victim support group
Women who say they were sexually harassed or mistreated by powerful men in television news are banding together to form a support network aimed at changing newsroom culture
1:33AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online TV News
Keillor says MPR wrong to dismiss him without investigation
Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio shouldn't have dismissed him last week without investigating what the radio station has called "multiple allegations."
7:26AM ( 5 hours ago )
10 Things to Know for Today
Among 10 Things to Know: Mideast braces for fallout from Trump's move on Jerusalem; California wind, and fire danger, hits unprecedented high; Sen. Al Franken faces fresh accusations, weighs future
6:15AM ( 6 hours ago )
Steinem, Streep headline women's conference in Boston
Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and others are headlining a sold-out women's conference in Boston
12:04AM ( 12 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
The Latest: Ryan suggests GOP has votes to fund government
House Speaker Paul Ryan is suggesting that House Republicans have enough votes to fund the federal government through Dec. 22, even if all Democrats vote against the measure
12:13PM ( 41 minutes ago )
AP Interview: On North Korea, senator says China a problem
China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States on dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea _ according to a leading Republican senator and ally of President Donald Trump.
11:55AM ( 59 minutes ago )
Lawmaker says GOP has the votes to avert government shutdown
One of the House's conservative leaders is indicating that Republicans have the votes needed to approve legislation preventing a weekend partial government shutdown
11:47AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
The Latest: Ex-cop grateful for family's forgiveness
A white former police officer says he is grateful for the forgiveness from the family of a black man that he shot to death
12:45PM ( 9 minutes ago )
The Latest: Minnesota gov. hasn't chosen Franken replacement
Minnesota Republicans are reaching out to former Gov. Tim Pawlenty about running in a race to replace Sen. Al Franken
12:39PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Trump administration praises Honduras amid election crisis
The administration of President Donald Trump is certifying Honduras' progress in protecting human rights and attacking corruption even as the country struggles with a deepening electoral crisis
12:38PM ( 16 minutes ago )
White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting
A white former South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting an unarmed black motorist to death in 2015. A federal judge handed down the sentence for Michael Slager on Thursday
12:38PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn
An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensures he won't be free again
12:32PM ( 22 minutes ago )