December 10, 2013
By Mike Caccioppoli
I’m usually not one for campaigns that petition to re-hire someone because it’s awfully tough to pressure a boss into making a decision that he or she doesn’t agree with. It’s not like putting political pressure on a politician or a business that might be afraid of repercussions with voters or a loss of revenue.
It’s pretty obvious that MSNBC head cheese Phil Griffin isn’t worried about losing viewers even though there is no doubt he has lost a decent chunk since Bashir’s “resignation.” We know he doesn’t care because if he did care, he wouldn’t have let Bashir go in the first place.
There is a petition going around to tell Griffin to bring back Bashir, who was one of the most unique voices on the stations. I urge you to sign the petition. I’m not saying that it will work but Griffin needs to see the number of folks who are pissed off. I haven’t turned on MSNBC since Bashir left and I don’t plan on watching the network again. I’m not the only one, believe me.
Bashir’s “resignation” isn’t the only reason. Why bother watching a network where the hosts are held to a standard that is so much higher than anywhere else on broadcast television. Politics is a contact sport and so is talking about politics. Griffin does not understand this concept. I’m sick and fucking tired of liberals being the ones who must take the higher ground all the time. I’m tired of liberals who don’t stand up and fight toe to toe with their conservative counterparts. It’s high time for liberals to stop saying they are sorry.
Bashir was let go because of a “harsh” comment made about Sarah Palin. This is the same women who spouts bile on a daily basis about Democrats and POTUS. No, not valid criticisms but outright slander and lies. Has Palin been “resigned” from Fox news? NO. So her shrill voice remains on air while Bashir’s volice is silenced. THIS is the media environment we are living in here in the United States and I’m fucking sick of it.
This all means there is no level playing field when one network always their hosts to say anything they want while another silences it’s people for the same or lesser offenses. Who wins? The conservative voice and the country loses because this is 90 percent of what the people hear, 95 percent if you factor in right wing talk radio.
The other problem as I spoke about in my last post is that Joe Scarborough seems to be the guy who is really running things over at MSNBC. AS he admitted in an interview, he runs to Phil Griffin when he hears something on the station that he doesn’t like and demands the host apologize. Who the fuck would want to work in such an environment?
Also it’s not like any of this is working, as MSNBC’s ratings are in the dumps. So if it’s broke, fix it!
One way or another Martin Bashir needs to be brought back. If Phil Griffin won’t do it someone above his head must.
Customers matter. The people who watch MSNBC want Bashir back and they want a network that allows its hosts to speak their minds without fascist censorship!