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MSNBC Reverses Course on Contributor Sam Seder

07 Décembre 2017

"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.

Mr. Seder also released a statement, saying, "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".

Seder and MSNBC were set to part ways when his contributor contract expired next year, with reports indicating the departure had to do with a 2009 tweet from Seder surfaced by the far-right provocateur Mike Cernovich. "We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators".

Seder said earlier this week the network made a mistake cutting ties with him.

In a statement to the Intercept, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said that although it still did not agree with Seder's phrasing, management misinterpreted the joke.

The move comes after the network previously opted not to renew its contract with Seder after one of his old tweets resurfaced in which he made a joke about director Roman Polanski raping his daughter.

"Don't care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/ a great sense of mise en scene", Seder wrote in the since-deleted tweet.

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Cernovich, a central figure behind a freaky and false conspiracy theory that linked Hillary Clinton's campaign to a supposed child sex ring inside a pizza shop, was triumphant when news broke on Monday that the network was parting with Seder. One senior MSNBC employee, speaking with CNNMoney on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, called the move "really weak" and "pathetic".

After MSNBC fired Mr. Seder, thousands of people signed a petition in protest, arguing that Mr. Cernovich had acted in bad faith, taking Mr. Seder's tweet, which was meant to be satire, out of context.

He added that more people need to be aware of Cernovich's tactics.

"I've been on [MSNBC] for 14 years; I've been paid by them for over two years". There was context for those tweets. "If they can't make that assessment, if making that assessment is a bridge too far, they have no value as a news organization", Seder told CNN.

The Intercept reached out to Cernovich for comment, but he had not replied by press time.

- CNNMoney's Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy contributed reporting.

MSNBC Reverses Course on Contributor Sam Seder