Liberals Call for Boycott of MSNBC After Interview They Hate
It’s a little hard to tell here what liberals are more afraid of. Is it that Steve Bannon hasn’t been banished to obscurity after he was fired from the White House, or is it that he’s being given a platform with which to continue to share his views?
Either way, you can tell liberals are more than just a little twitchy about Bannon being on the airwaves and in the news again. And they are outraged one of their own, MSNBC’s Ari Melber, gave him airtime on the liberal network Friday.
The left-wing site Media Matters led the objection to Bannon’s resurfacing in a piece titled, “Stop Interviewing Steve Bannon: How Many Exclusives Can One Discredited Crank Give?”
You have to laugh at the title because it clearly suggests liberals thought Bannon was ousted from the White House with a stake driven through his heart, never to be heard from again.
In his short piece, Media Matters’ Simon Maloy wrote that Bannon has had at least 22 interviews by various media outlets in a span of six months. As I’ve rarely seen a liberal walk away from a potshot, Maloy labeled Bannon as a “whack job extremist” and sarcastically praised his return to the media spotlight.
“Back in March, I wrote that Bannon ‘is looking to prove once and for all that a whack job extremist — no matter how disgraced or putrefied by white supremacist politics — can still command the attention and respect of America’s elite.’ Congrats, Steve: mission accomplished,” Maloy said.
All of these Bannon sightings have stirred up the left-wing masses. Twitter was abuzz with criticism from liberals that their MSNBC ally would feature an interview him on Melber’s program.
Actor Bruno Amato called for a boycott of MSNBC for giving time to a “Racist Drunk Nazi, America hater, Trump propogandist.”
Rosie O’Donnell also weighed in, saying it’s unacceptable for the mainstream media to provide Bannon a platform to “spew his hate filled rhetoric.”
i totally agree https://t.co/6RHGowqiv1
— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 18, 2018
Many other liberals joined the angry chorus.
Steve Bannon is a vicious white supremacist who has nothing credible to add to the national dialogue. I feel ashamed for news producers who prioritize what they believe will grab ratings over the health of our democracy.
— Charlotte Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) August 18, 2018
Dear @MSNBC – please air a second hour of Brennan and don't run one moment of Bannon's toxic garbage.
— David Pepper (@DavidPepper) August 18, 2018
Boycott #AriMelber interview tonight with Steve Bannon on #Lawrence #TheLastWord. An outrage that @AriMelber is giving this LOWLIFE a platform. Bannon should Remain BANISHED forever to Obscurity #MSNBC #Lawrence #TheLastWord #maddow #RachelMaddow #inners #allinwithchris pic.twitter.com/0i8pC6Nbov
— Resistance Warrior (@resistwarrior) August 17, 2018
If @MSNBC @MSNBCPR keeps booking people like this scumbag and Bannon I sadly think a #boycott might be necessary. I'm a huge fan but not if you are going to give these scumbags trying to destroy our democracy a platform to push these insane views. Anyone else agree?
— Steve (@Random_Guy_101_) August 17, 2018
@MSNBC, I turned on the TV, watched about 60 seconds of Melber's interview with Bannon and vowed to boycott you for the weekend, maybe longer. Bannon lied at least 5 times in one sentence w/o any pushback. I'll watch Fox if I want to see/hear that.
— Pam Collier (@PamCollier2) August 18, 2018
Thanks for forcing me to boycott all your Friday shows. You don’t give white nationalist a platform. Every single show but @NicolleDWallace giving Bannon air time. Thank you Nicolle.
— Maith (@jmflatham) August 17, 2018
If it’s true there is no honor among thieves, it must certainly be true that there is no loyalty between liberals and their media outlets.
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