In the days since its resolution to carve ties with contributor Sam Seder, MSNBC says it has listened to the backlash and, in a shocking hunch, reversed route. Seder, who hosts The Majority Express, is now “welcome” on the network’s air going forward, EW has confirmed, after Seder used to be beforehand instructed that he had no extra “scheduled appearances” till his contract expired in February.
“Infrequently you precise bag one unfriendly — and that’s what took place right here,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement. “We made our initial resolution for the upright reasons — because we don’t maintain in suggestions rape to be a funny subject to be joked about. However we’ve heard the feedback, and we model the purpose Sam used to be making an are attempting to make in that tweet used to be the truth is in line with our values, even though the language used to be no longer. Sam will most definitely be welcome on our air going forward.”
The initial resolution to no longer renew Seder’s contract as a contributor used to be made within the wake of upright-flit media resurfacing a controversial funny memoir the innovative commentator and radio host tweeted in 2009, about rape accusations made in opposition to Roman Polanski. (The tweet has since been deleted.) “Don’t care re Polanski, but I am hoping if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older no doubt talented man w/a mountainous sense of mise en scene,” Seder tweeted in 2009. The comments grew to alter into controversial after Mike Cernovich, a miles-upright, pro-President Trump activist, recirculated them.
MSNBC used to be heavily criticized for what many saw as reading the comments in infamous religion, per Cernovich’s framing and no longer Seder’s intent, which used to be to satirize the speaking parts of liberals who maintain refrained from condemning Polanski. (In 1977, Polanski used to be charged with drugging and raping a thirteen-one year-aged lady. He pled guilty to the tag of statutory rape.) All In host Chris Hayes broke along with his network on the resolution, vocally tweeting relieve of Seder.
In an interview with EW on Tuesday, Seder sharply criticized MSNBC’s resolution to reduce ties with him and defended the tweet, announcing his finest feel sorry about used to be that he deleted it. “We tune in to files firms for them to give us some sense of grounded evaluate of what the reality is,” he said. “If MSNBC can no longer make an evaluate of what words suggest, but are cowed by a one who has a reputation … If a files outlet can no longer make the evaluate of what the reality is in that 2d, then there might per chance be finest ‘mistaken files’ and this society’s in astronomical misfortune.” Seder also said he had no longer been formally notified of MSNBC’s remaining resolution originate air of a voicemail which used to be no longer adopted up on, leading him to wonder referring to the station of his characteristic on the network. (He’s employed on a paid-per-appearance scale, and is on his Zero.33 annual contract.)
Accordingly, Seder expressed pleasure with MSNBC’s resolution to set apart him on the network. “I tackle MSNBC’s thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to tackle the cynical motives of folks that intentionally misrepresented my tweet for his or her maintain toxic, political capabilities,” he said in a statement. “We’re experiencing a needed and long slack 2d of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for his or her perpetrators. I’m proud that MSNBC and its workers maintain set example of the must bag it upright.”