MSNBC President Phil Griffin, faced with an uproar online, apologized to the Republican national chairman on Thursday for an "outrageous and unacceptable" tweet by the network that accused conservatives of hostility toward biracial families.
Griffin, who acted hours after party chairman Reince Priebus vowed to keep Republicans off the cable channel, also said he has fired the staffer involved.
"We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it," Griffin said in a statement. "I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended."
Even before Priebus turned the monumentally offensive Twitter message into a political issue, other Twitter users delivered a thunderous condemnation almost instantaneously, well before the mainstream media noticed the trend.
MSNBC was pummeled online for attributing a kind of racial animosity to conservatives, done in the guise of commenting on an advertisement.
"Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family," the tweet said.
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